Maha Shivaratri (2017-02-24)
Maha Shivaratri which means the night of holly Shiva, is the greatest Hindu holiday. This is flexi holiday and it usually falls between February and March. The celebration takes two days and two nights. Sometimes this holiday is called Shiva's Birthday, however, this is incorrect naming. This is due to the fact that in Hindu tradition gods do not have either beginning or end thus they do not have birthdays. Shiva symbolizes the world's destruction and is believed to be the god of meditation, jogging and dance as well as animals' guardian. Lord Shiva is the Lord of mercy and compassion. He protects devotees from evil forces such as lust, greed, and anger. Shiva is also god of fertility that is symbolized by phallus. Shiva is associated with trident, axe, drum and white bull which is also one of the symbols of fertility.
This day is celebrated mainly in the temples which are decorated in a very rich and colorful way. In Nepal this holiday has exceptional meaning. The main celebrations take place in the greatest Shiva temple named Paśupatinath in Katmandu where crowds of believers gather every year. The aim of the pilgrimage is to pay homage to Shiva and take the ritual bath in the Bagmati River. In the evening sole Shiva "turns up" and the people pray he takes Nepal under his guardianship. On the same night Nepal army parade takes place and right after the pilgrims kindle numerous fires on the Tundikhel Square.
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