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Father’s Day, Celebrating both Nepali and Australian way

On Monday , 21st of August was Kushe Aushi (Nepali Father’s Day) and today is Australian Father’s day so we celebrated both the father’s day in very different way for AS.

I always want Chhori to understand Nepali culture and traditions so for Nepali father’s day, it is important for me to show her the traditional way. As it was weekdays, I went shopping after work and prepare for the celebration.

Chhori is 2 and half years old now so it is more fun this year than before as she can understand and take interest on what we are doing. As she is old enough, AS and I gave her direction and she followed them very well.

We had so much fun, her putting tika, sagun  and cutting cake.

Today , I made breakfast to AS with the help of Chhori and she said “Happy Father’s Day Papa”. It is so sweet to see them together. We made pancake , heart shaped eggs and some fruits.

Then she help her papa wash our cars. She was so excited to help.

Take care everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Happy Teej 2017

Today is one of the biggest celebration for Nepali women. Teej, a day when women fast for the whole day for marital bliss, well-being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. Married women fast for their husband’s long life, prosperity, and long and strong relationship between them in this life and all the lives to come. While the unmarried pray for the perfect husband. Unless someone is ill or physically unfit, fasting is followed by women and girls who have reached puberty.

Please click here if you want to know more about the festival.

  • To celebrate the day I get together with my friends and family and enjoy the food, fun and dancing.

  1. Last week I went to an organized celebration where we had so much fun.

I went there with a group of my friends and we had the time of our life with laughter, dance and so much fun. AS was nice enough to look after Chhori that day so I had a great evening with my girl friends. 

Then on the weekend, we celebrated Teej at our friend’s place. I dressed up in traditional Nepali dress and Chhori also enjoyed wearing her kurta.

I baked a cake for the occasion and everyone contributed towards the food. 


We had a great time eating, dancing, laughing and having fun. Chhori also enjoyed in her own way 🙂


Wishing Happy Teej to all of you out there celebrating. Have a great time and enjoy your day.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Father’s Day celebration

It was Kushe Aushi (Nepali Father’s Day) on Thursday and Australian Father’s day on Sunday so we combined the celebrations for AS and my dad.

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This is AS’s second Father’s day so it is still very special like the first one.

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Also it is very special father’s day for me as my dad is here and I could actually celebrate the day with him.

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As it was a weekday, my mum helped me to prepare Sagun (traditionally a plate of boiled egg, smoked fish, a “bara”, fried chicken and yogurt). It is such a great help when your parents are near you, I am going to miss them so much when they leave.

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I baked a cake and muffins too. I picked a card as well along with some biscuits, cookies and fruits.

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I am so glad that we got to celebrate the day as a family.

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First we celebrated AS father’s day. We did a normal tika and sagun. Chhori was quite curious and happy to do the process.

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I don’t think she understands much yet but she loves it when there are lots of people around her and she is definitely daddy’s little girl.

Then I celebrated my father’s day with tika and sagun as well.

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It was followed by cake and gifts.

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Hope you guys have a great celebration too.

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Take care everyone.

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Teej 2016 with Chhori and mum

Yesterday was Teej, a day when woman fast for the whole day for marital bliss, well-being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. Married women fast for their husband’s long life, prosperity and long and strong relationship between them until death in this life and all the lives to come, while the unmarried pray for the perfect husband. Unless someone is ill or physically unfit, fasting is followed by women and girls who have reached puberty.

Please click here if you want to know more about the festival.

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Like every year, we celebrated Teej with lots of food and dancing but this year Teej was extra special for me because my mum is here with us.

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Chhori has started enjoying and understanding celebrations too. She loves to be around people and wants to dance when the music is on. I am hoping she will be interested in Nepali culture and traditions in future when she has an understanding of their importance.

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For the first time, I dressed Chhori in Kurta and Nepali chapal (Nepali velvet sandles) with chura (metal bangles). I know I am biased but I think she looked so cute in the traditional outfit.

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And look our matching chapals, loved them.

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I also dressed up in the traditional red outfit. The first celebration, we had was at my friend’s house. I baked a cake for the occasion and everyone contributed toward the food. We had a great time eating, dancing, laughing and having fun. Chhori also enjoyed in her own way :).

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Then on Saturday, we went to a Teej celebration program organised by Nepali committees.

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Photobombed by Chhori 🙂

 We dressed up again and enjoyed the celebration with hundreds of other ladies dancing and enjoying the yummy food.

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Wishing Happy Teej to all of you out there celebrating . Have a great time and enjoy your day.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

Chhori’s first Nepali Father’s Day

Only last week, it was Australian Father’s Day and AS was over the moon to be able to celebrate it with Chhori. Today is Kushe Aushi (Nepali Father’s Day). I made plans to make it special for AS as it is his first and I wanted to celebrate it in traditional Nepali way.

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I prepared puja, Sagun (traditionally a plate of boiled egg, smoked fish, a “bara”, fried chicken and yogurt). I also baked a cake with the wording “For the record, you are the world’s best dad; Happy Father’s Day AS” on it.

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I also baked some cupcakes. I made a special card with Chhori’s handprints and “Happy Father’s Day” written on it. I also got him some fruits, biscuits and t-shirt.

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I was so happy to see everything come together and AS was really pleased with my efforts.

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So Chhori observed her first Nepali Father’s Day with my help. First we put tika on AS forehead.

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Then we give him Sagun. After that Chhori and AS cut the cake together.

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He was pleased with the card as well and Chhori had a great time too.

I and AS also talked to our dads and send them gifts for Father’s Day. It is always so nice to see them happy. I really appreciate what they have done for us.

So if you are from Nepal and you haven’t called your dad to wish him, do give him a call and make him smile. And to all the proud dads out there, Happy Father’s Day.

Take care everyone.
M from nepaliaustralian
XOXO

Our Story : Satyanarayan puja- Part 38

This is a continuation of my previous posts. Please read the previous posts here.

In Nepal, for any big auspicious occasion, people perform a Satyanarayan puja. My mum had planned it to be done a week before the wedding.

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Lord Satyanarayana is another form of Lord Vishnu. The Lord Vishnu in this form is considered an embodiment of truth (Satya). Satyanarayan is worshipped at home with family and friends by reciting the miraculous story of Lord Satyanarayan. This puja is performed before big events like weddings to bless everyone and to keep evil away so there is no problem during the important occasions.

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We had a priest come to our place early in the morning and my mum and aunties made all the preparation. On this auspicious day, we had lots of relatives come over to be in the puja. On the day of the puja, the devotee has to fast and it was going to be my mum, my SIL, me and a few of my cousins. I also asked AS to fast with us. Generally, men don’t do the fasting but but AS was nice enough to be supportive and be in puja with us and fast with us.

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The priest organised all the things for puja and asked us to do certain things from time to time. Here are the details of what you need for the puja and the procedure.

Puja Material

A book on the Puja (in consultation with a Brahmin), a square platform (Chaurang), mango leaves, two new cloth pieces, kalasha, lord’s idol or a photograph, turmeric, kumkum, panchamrut, six coconuts, prasad, four oil lamps, sandal paste, incense sticks, betel leaves, two garlands, areca nuts, turmeric pods, dry dates or almonds, camphor, offerings in form of cash or coins, tulsi leaves and flowers.

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Puja Procedure

The puja consists of five parts. The first one deals with the timing of the vrat and the procedure. The other four parts describe stories of the greatness of the God. The stories convince the importance of the puja. On the day of the puja, it is required to fast and perform the puja in the evening.

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In a clean room, a new clean cloth is spread on an elevated platform (Chaurang) and rice-grains, about a kilo are spread on it, in the centre. A kalash (Copper pot) capped with a new cloth piece is placed and a small idol of the Lord Vishnu is positioned on it.

The puja begins with the lighting of the lamp and praying to the God Ganesha, Lakshmi, Dikpaalakaas, Vishnu, Lord Shiva and Parvathi, Sun, the nine planets and Lord Indra.

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Lord Ganesha and Panchaloka Paalakaas should be positioned to the north of the Kalash and can be worshipped through areca nuts or almonds or turmeric pods or dry dates. Then, the nine planets should be worshipped by placing areca nuts on betel leaves followed by Lord Indra and other Dikpaalakaas.

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Later the Lord Satyanarayana‘s idol or image on betel leaf should be worshipped by Panchamrut (a mixture of ghee, milk, sugar, honey and curds) abhishek (sprinkle). At the end of the puja, there is udvaasana, a formal way of concluding the puja.

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After the puja, we all had lunch and rested for a while. That day I didn’t stress much but enjoyed being at home with everyone and staying positive that our wedding would go smoothly and would be good.

Take care,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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Celebrating Teej

Today is Teej, the festival for women in Nepal and is celebrated by most Hindu women on the 3rd day of Bhadra Sukala Paksha (according to Nepali lunar calendar). It generally falls in late August or early September. This year the Fasting day has fallen on today. I am from Newar cast so even though we are Hindu we don’t celebrate Teej but I still join Teej celebration in Sydney with my friends.

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Teej is a day when woman fast for the whole day for marital bliss, well-being of their spouse and children and purification of their own body and soul. Married women fast for their husband’s long life, prosperity and long and strong relationship between them until death in this life and all the lives to come, while the unmarried pray for the perfect husband. Unless one is ill or physically unfit, fasting is followed by women and girls who have reached puberty.

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Teej is a four-day-long festival in Nepal and each day has its own significance.

  • First day is called ‘Dar Khane Din‘, the day to make merry.
  • The Second day is a fasting day.
  • The third day is purification day.
  • The fourth day is ‘Rishi Panchami‘.

Please read more about it here and here.

I wore my new red sari and tried my best to look like an authentic Nepalese woman with chura and tika and join my friends and family for an evening of fun.

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Like every year, we celebrated Teej last Saturday with Dar, lots of yummy foods, dance, songs and lots of fun.

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Sharing some of the photos from the day.

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Wishing Happy Teej to all of you out there celebrating today. Have a great time and enjoy your day.

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M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO