Mani Rimdu

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Mani Rimdu is mostly celebrated by Buddhist community in the Himalayas. This festival is celebrated for 19 days between October ad November to mark the origination of Buddhism by Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava. During this festival, the locals organize various grand programs on three different occasions at the monasteries of Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwong. The local people of Himalayas wears traditional attire where Tantri rituals and masked dances are performed by Buddhist monks at different monasteries.

Many people gather around to see and enjoy this festival from nearby places. Foreigners seem to be fond of this festival since they watch the festival while trekking around the Himalayas. The local monks wear masks and traditional attire to show the drama of victory of Buddhism over Bon. On the very first day of the festival, the local people pray to the God, on the second day they perform colorful Lama Dancing wearing traditional attire. There are series of events of empowerment on this special festival. Mani Rimdu is the main festivals celebrated by the locals living in the Himalayas.

 

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