A son preparing pinda
|Official name||Kushe Aunsi|
|Also called||पित्री औंसी, गोकर्ण औंसी|
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. It is also known as Kushe Aunsi and Bubako mukh herne din (Nepali for "looking at father’s face"), 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.
Many people go to the Shiva temple of Gokarneswor Mahadev, in Gokarna, a suburb of Kathmandu, and they bathe and make offerings in the new moon day (Amavasya). People whose father has died also perform Shraddha (yearly death rituals).
It falls on August 30 in 2019.
- Padmakshi Rana, Gokarna Aunsi (Father Day), NepalHomePage Travel Guide
- Gokarna Aunsi, the day for honouring fathers, nepalnews.com, September 8, 2002, archived from the original on 2012-09-19
- David Reed, James McConnachie (2002), The rough guide to Nepal, Rough Guide Travel Guides (5, illustrated ed.), Rough Guides, pp. 188, 204, ISBN 9781858288994