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Last Updated: Thu, 05.09.13 18:33

Father's Day being celebrated today

People all over the country are observing Father’s Day, or “Buwa ko mukh herne din”, on Thursday. Also known as Kuse Aunsi, it is a Hindu festival that is observed to honour and pay tribute to fathers both living or dead.

It is a Hindu festival unique to Nepal and is celebrated during Bhadrapada, a lunar month in the Hindu calendar. It takes place during the month's dark fortnight.

On the occasion, sons and daughters express their love and reverence towards their fathers, who are highly regarded as the pillars of the family and the community in Nepali culture, by offering gifts and sweets. After the presentation of gifts, it is customary for sons to touch their fathers' feet with their foreheads, while daughters will touch their hands. This tender gesture is known as “buwa ko mukh herne” or "looking upon father's face."

A large number of people have been shopping at major market places in the valley since early morning to buy sweets, fruits and gifts for their beloved fathers.

Those whose fathers are deceased visit Gokarneswor Mahadeva temple of Gokarna, a village located east of Kathmandu, and pray for peace to the departed soul. The shrine has special significance for Hindus because they believe it was the dwelling site of Shiva, who is attributed with having special affinity with the souls of dead.

During this time-honored tradition, Brahmins visit different houses distributing Kush -a sacred plant compulsory while performing rituals - in different houses chanting mantras of Vedas. Nepalnews.com