Like every years the Nepali celebrities worshiped goddess Laxmi, the goddess of wealth on the third day of Tihar.
Laxmi Puja of actress Neeta Dhungana:
The main attraction of the celebration is preparing beautiful rangoli and cooking good foods. Rangoli is the art imported from India. It is similar to our own Mandala art. Nepali celebrities make good rangoli and share them in their social media. I have collected some photos of the actresses showing their talent.
Some actresses made sel roti, a special delicacy of Tihar festival. The sweet bread made out of rice flour is quite popular in the festival. Here is a video report about how actresses learn the skill to make the bread:
Like previous years, I am sharing the photos of the Nepali celebrities celebrating Bhai Tika. Tihar being the second biggest festival in Nepal, it is celebrated by almost everybody. The festival involves worshiping dog, crow, cow, bull and siblings. I had written about the 5 Days of Tihar festival in a previous post.
Deepawali and rangoli are usually made by women in the house. So, I haven’t found any male celebrities sharing the such artworks online. I have collected the photos of the Nepali film actresses and some videos to compile the following video. In the background I have used a video clip of the well known comedy poet, Shailendra Simkhada, telling one of his latest poems in the Sisnopani Deusi program held on the Deepawali day in Kathmandu.
Shailendra’s poems are satirical and funny. Sometimes the words in the poem and the photos might seem connected but, that is not true. I have placed the photos of the actresses alphabetically, so if you find any connection between the words in the poem and the photos, it is not intentional.
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In addition to the poem of Shailendra Simkhada and photos of actresses celebrating Laxmi Puja, I have also added a video clip at the end of the video of actress Priyanka Karki dancing with the little Bhailo girls at her home. The song she is dancing is one of the most popular songs of her movie in theatre ‘Chhaka Panja’. The movie had recently celebrated 51-days in theatre. Continue reading
This post was originally written and posted on Oct 31, 2008. I am making an update on the post by adding details how Nepali celebrities celebrate the festival. I have also added a video introduction of the festival. I have included the details of the celebration of three US-return artists of Nepali movie industry:
Actress Jal Shah is in Nepal for Dashain and Tihar this year with her 8-years-old daughter Kalas. She is planning to cook ‘sel’ the sweet bread popular during tihar. Last year, Jal had offered tika to actor Dilip Rayamajhi.
Actor Ramesh Upreti is not celebrating this year because of the death of his grandfather. Although there won’t be Tika and won’t be much fun at home, he will meet and celebrate with his friends.
Ashishma Nakarmi doesn’t have brothers. So, she hasn’t celebrated bhai-tika yet. She enjoys the festival with her friends and family.
Tihar is the second biggest festival in Nepal and is celebrated for 5 days starting by worshiping a bird (c
row) followed by worshiping dog and cow. The fifth day is the special day in which sisters offer tika to their brothers and vice versa.
Deusi and Bhailo tradition is somewhat similar to Halloween festival in western world (without the ghost and pumpkin part). We had collected some Deusi and Bhailo songs in this previous post.
Laxmi is one of the most sought after Hindu Goddess. As everybody is running for money and properties they worship the goddess of money, Laxmi, the most. In the auspicious occasion of Laxmi Puja, I am posting some posters of Laxmi for printing and worshiping in the occasion. Laxmi Puja is also called Deepawali, or Diwali, or Gai Puja. (Click on the photo to get the bigger poster)