Dhangadhi,30 Dec 2014: The cultural festival of Pushey Pandhra is being observed tonight with much enthusiasm in the far-west region.
The festival which carries the original characteristic of the Doteli folk culture is marked on the night of the 15th of the Nepali month Push in the belief that the night of Push 15 is the longest throughout the year.
People from the settlements and communities gather and observe night vigil, enjoy boiled roots and tubers like yam and the elderly people tell legendary tales.
There is also the tradition of the people gathered at a place burning about a 15- feet-long log and warming around the fire and spending the night in merriment telling jokes.
The housewives cook various delicacies popular in the Doteli culture like babar, asika, mana, nishause and rote this night.
There is also the tradition of inviting the married-off daughters and sisters to their parental home and giving them a warm reception.
The festival is especially celebrated throughout the night but this practice has been neglected by the younger generation with modernism making in-roads, complain the elderly people.
As a result, the seniors are worried that this festival will disappear in the near future as the younger people are not adopting this tradition.