People dancing in Upper Mustang on the occasion of

What is Tiji Festival?

As there are more than 125 ethnic groups having multiple dialects in Nepal, it is rich in the cultural facet. When it comes to, festivals in the Himalayas, an introduction to Tiji festival is the must.

Tiji Festival is a spring-renewal festival celebrated in the Lo Manthang region of Upper Mustang. The festival is a 3-day long purification ritual which is celebrated on the victory of good over evil.

Tiji comes from the words ‘Tempa Chirim’ which means ‘Prayer for World Peace’. Different dances are graciously performed during the 3-day celebration.

It falls during the end of the dry season so as to welcome the Monsoon season in the dry land to bring water resource in the Mustang region. The myth of the festival lies between the battle of son Dorje Jono and his father. The son had to protect his kingdom against his demon father who was creating a water deficit in the dry land of Mustang.

It is believed that after he banished his father from the Kingdom, the monsoon was parched in the land of Mustang providing people enough water for their survival. This story is elaborately performed by monks from the Chode Monastery at Lo Manthang by the monks presenting themselves in traditional cultural customs with masks.

You can also witness the unrolling of the ancient Thangka. The local people believe that witnessing this local thangka brings peace and prosperity in the lives of people. The drama, act, and dance performed during this festival chase away demons and evil souls making Mustang a livable and an aspiring region to live in.

Hope, this piece of introduction about Tiji festival is insightful and helpful. So when you are visiting Nepal? We hope you will explore Nepal with us. Remember us to check-in Dom Himalaya in Kathmandu for seamless accommodations and best delights. Operated by Osho World Adventure, Trekking Top Nepal and Dom Himalaya are two subsidiary companies striving to convert your vacations into dreams.

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