Mani Rimdu Festival with Everest Trek
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Mani Rimdu is a sacred ceremony celebrated in Solukhumbu, the home district of Mount Everest, where the vibrant Tibetan culture thrives best. This epic festival of Sherpa and Tibetan communities is a celebration of Buddhism in Tibet initiated by Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava).
The journey to this mystical land starts with a flight to Lukla from Kathmandu and trekking from Phakding to Namche Bazaar. Originated from Tengboche Monastery, the festival is now officiated at Thame and Chiwong monasteries. It is observed in the beginning of the ninth month, according to the Tibetan Lunar calendar which is usually in the month of October. The dates are announced by the head lama of Tengboche Monastery.
Following the full-moon in autumn, the event is celebrated for 19 days with three days of public viewing. Lama and locals assemble at the monastery for five days. With the motive of spreading peace and prosperity in the world, witnessing plays symbolizing the positive forces conquering demons is an experience of a lifetime.
One can easily be in awe of staggering mask, dances, prayers and colorful feasts that follow. Monks perform rituals continuously for 19 long days, chanting sacred prayers to bless the Rilwu, Tshereel, the mandala and Torma, a figure usually made of flour and butter used as offerings which are colored in reds and yellows.
The opening day of the public ceremony usually falls on the full moon day of the tenth month according to the lunar calendar. The blessed pills are given to the people in attendance with the belief of sharing empowerment and long life.
On the second day, the ‘Cham Dance’ is performed, a spiritual ordeal, where dancers impersonating Tantric magicians offer the spiritual nectar. Silver chalices offering alcohol and tormas to the deities make rounds, further livening the crowd.
Mani Rimdu Festival for the year 2019 is celebrating on 12th, 13th and 14th November 2019. Check Festival Trek Package