Gunla; the tenth of Nepal Era calendar (Nepal Bhasa)

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According to the Nepal Era calendar ( Nepal bhasa), Gunla is the tenth month. And the month dedicated to the glory of Lord Buddha. That’s why it is an essential festival for Buddhists newars. Especially for those, who live in Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur city.

During the whole month,  Buddhists go and visit different monasteries. Like Namo buddha, Swyambhunath, Boudhanath, and many other big and small monasteries. This festival falls on triodashi. In other words, two days before father’s day, according to the lunar calendar.

Somehow in Bhaktapur, people celebrate the last day of Gunla Panchadan or gunla festival differently. Apart from the other two cities.

The Five Buddhas also struck as Panch Pandava by Hindus. Summarily, they are brought to Taumadhi square. Of course, accompanied by Gunla Baja.

Gunla Baja, a special musical instrument played only in Gunla. That means for a whole month. They played gunla Baja in their localities for a month.

On the same day of the gunla festival, people perform a ritual. Yes, a ritual of donating five different things. That includes rice grains, unhusked rice grains, salt, money, and pulses. These things are true elements to survive in daily life. That’s why people donate these elements.

For instance, the community holding surname like Manandhar, Bajracharya, or Shakya dedicatedly celebrates this festival.


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