Gokarna Aunsi

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Gokarna Aunsi
A son preparing Pinda
Official name Kushe Aunsi
Also called पित्री औंसी, गोकर्ण औंसी
Observed by Hindu
Observances Shraddha

Gokarna Aunsi (Sanskrit: गोकर्ण औसीं) literally translated as cow eared (Gokarna) and no moon night (Aunsi) and is a late August or early September celebration in Nepal where the Hindu population worships cow eared incarnation of lord Shiva and their fathers.[1] It is also known as Bubako mukh herne din (Nepali for "looking at father’s face"),[2] because, apart from giving gifts, sons perform a certain ceremony: sons touch father's feet with their forehead and look at father's eyes, while daughters only have to touch his hand before looking.[citation needed] Many people go to the Shiva temple of Gokarneswor Mahadev, in Gokarna, a suburb of Kathmandu,[1] and they bathe and make offerings in the new moon day (Amavasya).[3] People whose father has died also perform Shraddha (yearly death rituals).[2]

The Nepali celebration is completely unrelated to the Western celebration of Father's Day[citation needed].


  1. ^ a b Padmakshi Rana, Gokarna Aunsi (Father Day), NepalHomePage Travel Guide 
  2. ^ a b Gokarna Aunsi, the day for honouring fathers, nepalnews.com, September 8, 2002 
  3. ^ David Reed, James McConnachie (2002), The rough guide to Nepal, Rough Guide Travel Guides (5, illustrated ed.), Rough Guides, pp. 188, 204, ISBN 9781858288994 

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