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Gaura festival

   Gaura is the festival which falls in month of Bhadra, according to Nepali calender (August/September). Especially Most of the middle- west and far west parts of Nepal celebrate this festival.  It starts from the day of Krishna Janmastami (birth of Lord Krishna), and lasts for three days observing by worshiping Shiva and Parvati along with Ganesh. 

The deuda dance is major part of this festival in which participants hold hands and form a circle as they stepped to traditional musicApart from the many ceremonies that happen during this festival, it is the occasion for married women to put on the sacred thread. The deuda dance is a major part of the festivities in which participants hold hands and form a circle as they step to traditional music.


Gaura Parva in Far-west Nepal
Deuda is one type of music having variety of genre including Thadi Bhakha, Raheri and other, presented in western region of Nepal. Specially this type of music present in Sudur paschim, and many regions of madhya-paschim. Gaura The Gaura Festival is celebrated by the hindu peoples residing in the far-western part of Nepal.There are many tales regarding the origin of the Gaura but mainly this day, the women worship goddess Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva for their husbands health and long age. The main theme of this festival is to worship goddess Gauri so during this day many temples of the goddess get different rituals, like prays and main is worship with Biruda. Then after finishing the worshiping at the temple those fasting women return back home and bless their keens with Biruda, it is supposed to give them long life and health. 

On the day of Krishna Janmastami women keep fasting. Later they form a grass-made idol of Shiva and Parvati. They also offer a mixture of five kinds of grains, known as Panchbirudi. This festival is also called Biruda Parva, by reason of Panchabirudi and women put on new clothes and enjoy singing their traditional songs.
According to legendary, the festival is said to have been celebrated for the last four centuries, in memory of Satidevi's bodily sacrifice to the burning altar and her re-birth from Himalaya Pravat.

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