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Kushe Aunshi, Father’s Day being marked today

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A Nepalese devotee performs rituals with the help of a priest during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

Kathmandu, September 1, 2016: Kushe Aunshi is being celebrated across Nepal today by bringing Kush, a grass that is regarded as a symbol of purity, into the houses as per Hindu tradition.

The grass is used in various religious functions throughout the year.

An offering offered by a devotee (not pictured) in memory of his deceased father floats on the Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, on September 1, 2016. Photo: Reuters
An offering offered by a devotee (not pictured) in memory of his deceased father floats on the Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father’s Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, on September 1, 2016. Photo: Reuters

The day is also celebrated as the Father’s Day, paying respect, and reverence to fathers with gifts and various delicacies.

The major market places in the Capital have been busy since this morning with people shopping sweets, fruits, and gifts for their dearly fathers.

Besides offering gifts and ritual foods, sons express their reverence towards their fathers by bowing to touch their feet with their foreheads.

Children who have lost their fathers mark this holy day by visiting Gokarna in Kathmandu and other sacred spots and worshiping to the deities where children of the deceased fathers also perform ‘Shraddha’ to honour their deceased dads.

Devotees gather around a Hindu priest while performing a ritual near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
Devotees gather around a Hindu priest while performing a ritual near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father’s Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

 

Nepalese devotees light butter lamps in honor of their deceased father during Kuse Aunsi in Gokarneshwar Hindu temple, Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a unique Hindu festival of Nepal where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
Nepalese devotees light butter lamps in honor of their deceased father during Kuse Aunsi in Gokarneshwar Hindu temple, Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a unique Hindu festival of Nepal where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

 

A devotee offers prayer by lighting oil lamps near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A devotee offers prayer by lighting oil lamps near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father’s Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

 

A Hindu priest recites prayers from a holy book while performing a ritual near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A Hindu priest recites prayers from a holy book while performing a ritual near the bank of Bagmati River during Kuse Aunse (Father’s Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar 

 

A Nepalese devotee takes a holy dip in Bagmati river during Kuse Aunsi in Gokarneshwar Hindu temple, Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival of Nepal where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese devotee takes a holy dip in Bagmati river during Kuse Aunsi in Gokarneshwar Hindu temple, Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival of Nepal where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

 

A devotee offers prayer while performing rituals in memory of his deceased father during Kuse Aunse (Father's Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
A devotee offers prayer while performing rituals in memory of his deceased father during Kuse Aunse (Father’s Day) at Gokarna Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal September 1, 2016. Hindus all over the country, whose fathers have passed away, come to the temple for worship, holy dips, and to present offerings on this occasion. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

 

A Nepalese Hindu priest performs rituals during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)
A Nepalese Hindu priest performs rituals during Kuse Aunsi at Gokarneshwar Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Kuse Aunsi is a Hindu festival where fathers, living or dead, are honored. Children with living fathers show their appreciation by giving presents and sweets and those whose fathers are deceased pay tributes at Gokarneshwar temple. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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