Janai Purnima

The priest tying a thread (Janai) to the women on her hand

Janai Purnima, a popular Hindu festival is celebrated during the month of Shrawan in Nepal. In Nepal, Janai Purnima, a festival that is attached to morality is also known as Raksha Bandhan. People usually celebrate this festival by wearing ‘taghadharis’ popularly known as Janai on the wrist whereas especially the brahmins people change their Janai.

Moreover, Brahmins also gather around the holy river banks such as Gosainkunda to celebrated the festival. It is also believed that wearing or changing the Janai during the festival protects one’s soul from evil. During the Janai Purnima, the Newar community of Kathmandu valley celebrates the festival with the preparation of popular feasts known as ‘Kwati’. People all over Nepal celebrate this festival with their families and close ones.