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Saune Sankranti – July 16, 2023

Saune Sankranti, celebrated on July 16, is a celebration day. People from many castes and ethnic groups who practice various religions reside in this country, each with its own culture and traditions. As a result, Nepalese festivals can be divided into three categories: religious celebrations, social gatherings, and national holidays. Nepal is separated into three geographic regions: mountains, hills, and terrain. Each of these geographical regions observes a unique set of religious festivals.

History of Saune Sankranti

On Saune Sankranti, the first day of the month of Shrawan, Hindu worshippers flock to Shiva temples to do special pujas. The main ritual on this day is Shiva Abhishekam (Palabhishekam). The sun enters the sign of Cancer on Shrawan Sankranti. Worshiping Lord Shiva is considered important during Shrawan. Shrawan, according to Nepalese custom, is the month of cleaning and eradicating dirt. Nepalese people worship and beat ‘Nonglo’ massive bamboo plates to cure diseases such as eczema.

Nepalese have a practice of calling married daughters in their hometowns. And they are served a variety of delectable foods and desserts. Married ladies wear a symbol of good fortune (green and yellow bangles, garments, etc.) throughout the month.

The mythology has it that Samudra Manthan (the churning of the oceans) occurred in the month of Shravan. During the Samudra Manthan, 14 different sorts of rubies appeared, 13 of which were distributed among the demons, leaving one type known as Halahal (poison). Lord Shiva arrived to save the day, drank the Halahal, and stored it in his neck. His throat turned blue as a result of the poison, gaining him the moniker ‘Neelkantha’ (meaning ‘blue throat’). Lord Shiva donned the crescent moon on his head to lessen the potency of the poison. Following that, all the Gods began to offer Ganges water to Lord Shiva to mitigate the effects of poison.

Since then, Shiva worshipers have offered Ganges water at Shrawan in the hope of gaining a large amount of Punya. During Shrawan, devotees can do the following: ‘Rudrabhisheks’ Fasting on Mondays; wearing Rudraksha, and reciting Shiva Chalisa and Aarti.

Saune Sankranti timeline

2000 B.C.
Early Years of Hinduism

Hinduism starts in India's Indus Valley some 4,000 years ago, and from there it expands over the Asian continent, eventually reaching Nepal.

400 A.D.
The Oldest Hindu Temple

According to Nepal Mahatmaya and Himvatkhanda, the deity known as Pashupati earned an immense reputation, and the existence of the Pashupatinath Temple can be traced back to this year.

2010
Largest Hindu Group

The Vaishnavism grouping is the largest, accounting for 641 million Hindus with 67.6%.

2011
Nepal’s Hindu Population

According to the census, Nepal's Hindu population is expected to be around 21,551,492, accounting for at least 81.34% of the country's population.

Saune Sankranti FAQs

What is the true meaning of Sankranti?

In the context of the Hindu calendar, Sankranti refers to one of the 12 movements of the sun from one area of the zodiac to another.

Is Shrawan Sankranti the same as Saune Sankranti?

It’s almost the same thing. Shrawan is the fourth month of the solar system’s calendar. Shrawan is the month of rain, mud, and agriculture.

Why do the women and girls wear green clothes and bangles?

In the month of Shrawan, Parvati, in the shape of Nature, takes on a green form for the enjoyment of men in the form of Lord Shiva, which is why women wear green garments, and bangles.

How to Observe Saune Sankranti

  1. Visit the Shiva temple

    Nepalese will visit the temple from the beginning of Shrawan and Sankranti. Women and girls will wear green clothes and bangles and apply ‘Mehendi’ on their palms.

  2. Take a dip in one of the rivers

    One of the traditions for Saune Sankranti is to take a dip in one of the rivers to eliminate probable skin diseases. Because the month is associated with agriculture, many people are afflicted with skin problems.

  3. Blow a conch

    People, particularly farmers, celebrate this event by blowing on a conch, hitting Nanglo, and ringing bells, as is customary. This is one of the notions that celebrating will aid in the removal of scabies.

5 Interesting Cultural Facts About Nepal

  1. The Swastika and Star of David

    Both are important Hindu symbols among the Nepalese.

  2. Mandalas in every corner

    Mandalas are a spiritual emblem of both Hinduism and Buddhism that is used for meditation and are usually printed on cloth or paper.

  3. All-day meal

    The Dhal Bath is flavorful, spicy, and most importantly, satisfying and nutritious, and is eaten several times a day.

  4. Living in the future

    Nepal follows the lunar calendar and the solar sidereal year, hence they are 57 years ahead of us.

  5. The stupa

    The stupa is made up of a dome that represents the universe and a cubical structure that has Buddha eyes painted on all four sides.

Why Saune Sankranti is Important

  1. We honor Nepalese culture

    Nepal has a long and illustrious cultural past. We can’t wait to hear more about it and celebrate.

  2. We study history

    The tradition dates back a long time. As we celebrate, we learn more about Nepal’s past.

  3. It brings you clear skin

    Because the Saune Sankranti tradition is a day of curing, most individuals will apply medicinal products to their bodies. Who doesn’t love healthy skin?

Saune Sankranti dates

YearDateDay
2023July 16Sunday
2024July 16Tuesday
2025July 16Wednesday
2026July 16Thursday
2027July 16Friday

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