Gokarna Aunsi

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Gokarna Aunsi
A son preparing pinda
Official nameKushe Aunsi
Also calledपित्री औंसी, गोकर्ण औंसी
Observed byHindu

Gokarna Aunsi (Sanskrit: गोकर्ण औंसी), literally translated as cow-eared (Gokarna) and no moon night (Aunsi), is a late August or early September celebration in Nepal where the Hindu population worships the cow-eared incarnation of lord Shiva and their fathers.[1] It is also known as Kushe Aunsi[2] and Bubako mukh herne din (Nepali for "looking at father’s face"),[3] because, apart from giving gifts, sons perform a certain ceremony; they touch their 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).[4] People whose father has died also perform Shraddha (yearly death rituals).[3]

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

It falls on August 30 in 2019.[5]


  1. ^ a b Padmakshi Rana, Gokarna Aunsi (Father Day), NepalHomePage Travel Guide
  2. ^ http://www.weallnepali.com/nepali-festivals/babu-ko-mukh-herne-din
  3. ^ a b Gokarna Aunsi, the day for honouring fathers, nepalnews.com, September 8, 2002, archived from the original on 2012-09-19
  4. ^ David Reed, James McConnachie (2002), The rough guide to Nepal, Rough Guide Travel Guides (5, illustrated ed.), Rough Guides, pp. 188, 204, ISBN 9781858288994
  5. ^ https://www.welcomenepal.com/whats-on/kushe-aunsi.html

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