Nepal: Preparations are underway for the Maghi (Khichdi) festival in Kapilvastu to celebrate the Maghi festival in the Tharu community. According to Kapilvastu, Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha, preparations are being made to hold Maghi Festival in Shivaraj, Buddhabhumi, and Banganga municipalities this year as in the past with the objective of preserving and promoting the culture of the Tharu community.
The Tharu people have been celebrating the Maghi festival in the month of Magh as the New Year. Especially in recent times, this Tharu community, which has succeeded in creating a separate identity in the Nepali society, is preparing to celebrate the festival in various places of Kapilvastu by continuing the great festival of Maghi. Uma Shankar Tharu, district president of Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha, said that the festival, which had been affected by Covid-19 for the past few years, would be resumed this year.
Preparations are underway to hold the festival in three municipalities of the Tharu-dominated district. According to Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha, Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha district president Tharu said that a grand festival is being organized in Shivraj municipality on January 13 and 14 in Karahiya, in Buddhabhumi municipality on January 13, 14 and 15 and in Banganga municipality on January 3, 4 and 5 in Kapildham.
In order to make the city level Maghi Khichdi festival a success in Shivaraj Municipality, Buddhabhumi Municipality and Banganga Municipality, 101 main organizing committees have been formed in the three cities under the coordination of Indra Bahadur Tharu, Santram Tharu and Bhaggu Prasad Tharu respectively. Similarly, on the eve of Maghi festival, a massive blood donation program will be organized at Banganga Khichdi festival on January 20, said Kamal Chaudhary, media coordinator of the festival. According to Bhaggu Prasad Tharu, coordinator of the Banganga Festival, an honoring program will be organized for the elderly this year.
The festival of all the three municipalities will have an exhibition of various materials reflecting the language, art, and culture of the Tharu caste and a class of Tharu food items. Various dances and Jhanki of Tharu caste will also be exhibited. 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.
Ram Abatar Chaudhary