September 9, 2018 marked the celebration of Kushe Aunshi or Gokarne Aunshi, Nepali Father’s Day across the country.
It is also locally known as Buwa ko Mukh Herne in Nepali language, which means ‘looking at father’s face’.
Hindus in Nepal celebrate the day by bringing Kush, a holy grass, home. They believe that by keeping Kush that has been cut and blessed by priests, will bring prosperity to their homes.
The Hindu community across the world treats Kush or Tulsi, peepal and shaligram as the symbols of Lord Bishnu.
On Gokarna Aunshi, children feed their fathers with deliciously-cooked meals and sweets as a token of respect to their father. According to the religious belief Pitru Devo Bhava, sons and daughters take their father’s blessings.
Many people go to the Shiva temple, Gokarneshwor Mahadev, in Gokarna, the suburbs of Kathmandu, Betrawati of Rasuwa and Bishnupaduka in Dharan to bathe and make offerings on Amavasya, the new moon day.
In the event of their father’s death, children go to Gokarneshwor Mahadev temple and perform rituals.
It is believed that by doing this, their generations will remain stable forever.
Birth Anniversary of Motiram Bhatta
This day is also celebrated as the Birth Anniversary of Nepali Litterateur Motiram Bhatta. Bhatta has significantly contributed to Nepali Literature.
Nepal’s legendary poet was born in Kathmandu in 1866 and received his education from India since the age of 6. He learned classical Sanskrit language and took some music lessons at the age of 15.
Motiram was greatly inspired by kavi/poet Bhanubhakta Acharya. He collected the works of the great Bhanubhakta and compiled his biography. He came to be known as ‘Youth Poet’.