Paying homage to our Fathers

  •   2017-08-21  |  nepaltraveller.com

In the Hindu religion, a father is given the place of a god. He is a teacher, a protector, and the mighty saviour

Father’s Day is also known as Kushe Aushi and is celebrated on a no-moon day during the Nepali month of Shrawan or Bhadra. While everyone has their own way of celebrating father’s day people normally pay homage to their father and offer various sweets, hen egg, gifts and other various delicacies to the father.

In Nepali, we call it ‘Bau ko mukh herne din’ which literally translates to looking at the father’s face. It is the day children shows dignity and respect towards their father. ‘Mukh Herne’ may also imply to give respect or to recognize the achievement of someone. In some family, the ritual is performed on early mornings with empty stomach whereas in some family it is performed in the evening.

Those who have lost their father will remember their father by offering daan to a priest. People also visit Gokarna to do Sraddha (a Hindu ritual performed for one's ancestors, especially deceased parents) or pinda daan (a ritual that gives an ultimate relief to the departed soul and paves a way into the world of peace) to their deceased father.

Some do Shraddha at home or at a nearby river. It is believed that by doing so the things that have been offered to the father will reach him where-ever he is.

  

The day is called Kushe Aushi because there is a tradition to bring Kush home on this day of Aushi (no moon day). The importance of Kush is explained in a number of holy books. Kush, which is a holy grass is brought home today and is used all yearlong in various Hindu rituals.