Nepal: As the Maghi festival celebrated by the Tharu community in the month of Magh is approaching, the rank in the Tharu community is increasing. The community is preparing to celebrate this festival with joy like last year. Similarly, the Banganga city level Maghi Festival will be held in Kapilvastu with the objective of preserving and promoting the culture of the Tharu community.
According to the organizers, the Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha Banganga Municipal Committee has completed all the necessary preparations for the 4th Banganga Municipal Level Maghi Festival to be held on January 2, 3, and 4 by holding a press conference on Monday.
Similarly, Minister for Tourism, Rural and Urban Development Dilli Chaudhary will inaugurate the Maghi Festival this year, said city chairman Bhaggu Prasad Tharu. He said that the Maghi Festival would be celebrated in Kapildham this year with the motto of ‘Our Language and Culture, Nation’s Glory, Protection and Promotion Campaign’.
Similarly, Bhoj Raj Tharu, a former central member of the Tharu Welfare Assembly, clarified the social, cultural, and economic significance between the Maghi and Tharu communities at a press conference on Monday. He said that Maghi should be considered as the new year of the Tharu community and it should be continued as it is traditionally intertwined with the Tharu community. He also said that the support and cooperation of all is needed to make the Tharu community’s Maghi (Khichdi) Festival (New Year 2078 BS) a success.
Tharu Kalyankari Sabha Municipal Chairman Bhaggu Prasad Tharu presided over the function, which was welcomed by Vice-Chairman Rishi Ram Tharu and conducted by journalist Kamal Chaudhary. This year, the festival will have an exhibition of various materials reflecting the language, art, and culture of the Tharu caste and a class of Tharu food items.
The festival will also feature an exhibition of various Tharu dances and Jhanki, the organizers said at a press conference. During the festival, Jhumra, Jharra, Badka dance, Lathi dance, Peacock dance, Sajani Birhani and record dance competitions will be held to reflect the Tharu culture.
Similarly, on the eve of Maghi festival, a massive blood donation program will be organized on January 15 and the elderly will also be honored at the Maghi festival, said Chairman Bhaggu Prasad Tharu.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary
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