Naga Panchami - Kathmandu District, Kathmandu
All Day, Sunday, 26 July 2009
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Where: City Center, Kathmandu, Kathmandu District
Snakes in Nepal are believed to possess supernatural powers. During Naga Panchami people offer rice and milk to the snakes to appease them. They also stick hand painted images of the of the snake lord on the exterior doors of their houses to prevent the snake spirits from entering the home, or even on individual doors within the home.
It is believed that if the snakes are not appeased they may choose to prevent the much needed annual monsoon rains from occuring. There are various versions of the story as to when and why this annual ritual started. If you happen to be in Nepal at this time, be sure to ask the locals to tell you more about the Naga Panchami.