10 Things to Do in Janai Purnima in Nepal

Tie the Janai Doro in Janai Purnima Festival in Nepal

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10 Things to Do in Janai Purnima in Nepal

Things to do in Janai Purnima in Nepal: Janai Purnima is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals in Nepal. Usually falling in the Nepali month of Shrawan, this festival has gotten its name from the fact that on this festival, the Brahmin (mostly) tie a sacred thread called ’Janai’ and on the other fact that this festival lies on a full moon day- Purnima and thus the name Janai Purnima.

If you are new to this festival and are completely bewildered as to what people do during this festival, then go ahead and read the list of 10 things to do in Janai Purnima in Nepal just down below.

10 Things to Do in Janai Purnima in Nepal

1. Tie the Janai Doro

On this day, the people in the Brahmin community change their Janai (sacred thread) which they had worn last year while other Hindus like Chettri and Newars have the pundits tie a holy thread around their wrists.  There is a reason for both the actions; while for the first one is a pronouncement their status in the society, the latter one is because the thread around their wrist is supposed to offer them protection against all harms. Usually, people don’t cut off the thread before Laxmi Puja which is about 3 months away from the day of Janai Purnima. On the day of Laxmi Puja, the thread once taken off is tied around a cow’s tail. It is believed that this opens the door to heaven after one’s death.

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Tie the Janai Doro in Janai Purnima Festival in Nepal
Tie the Janai Doro in Janai Purnima Festival in Nepal

2. Celebrate Raksha Bandhan alongside

The Madhesi community and the people of Terai region are the ones to celebrate Raksha Bandhan in a traditional manner. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the brother-sister relationship. The sister ties a ‘Rakhi’ (a wristband known for its power to protect the brothers) to the brother and wishes for his long life while the brother brings gifts for the sisters. The historical reason behind celebrating Raksha Bandhan is because Yamuna (sister) had tied rakhi to Lord Yama (brother) and presented immortality so it is believed that whoever gets a rakhi tied from his sister, the brother promised her protection will become immortal.

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types of Rakhi Design
Rakhi Design

3. Try Kwatti

For the Newar community in Nepal, Janai Purnima is also ‘Kwatti Punhi’ or ‘Gunhi Punhi’. If you don’t know what Kwatti is then basically Kwatti is a hot soup which has 9 different types of lentils and lentil sprouts. The lentil soup is a rich source of protein and energy. The Newars have it because in the past people would need a lot of energy since they would have been exhausted by working in the field during the months of Aashar and Shrawan.

kwati recipes
kwati recipes

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