Saturday, 15 April 2017

Piercing tongue to keep tradition alive

Posted by Anup Baral | April 15, 2017 : Jujubhai Shrestha of Bode, Bhaktapur, pierced his tongue for the eighth consecutive year alongside the nine-day Bisket Jatra celebrations today.
He has been piercing his tongue to give continuity to the centuries-old tradition, which is also called tongue-piercing festival and is celebrated on Baishakh 2 every year. Before the ritual of tongue piercing with a spike dipped in mustard oil, a blacksmith offers special prayers to the deities. With the spike lodged in his tongue, the revellers performed puja in all local temples before taking the spike out in front of the Pancho Ganesh temple. According to the organisers, Jujubhai later applied sacred soil on his tongue as part of the rituals, which, according to legends, date back to the Lichchhavi era. Legends have it that tongue-piercing signifies the conquest over demons and evil spirits, who haunted communities, took away their children and killed them. A tongue piercer should fast for three days starting from the last day of the Nepali month of Chaitra. Similarly, Sindhur Jatra, a colourful spectacular festival, was celebrated with great zeal and fervour in Madhyapur Thimi of Bhaktapur today.

Guide of the month: January 2018

Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.

Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.

Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.