Khumbu region is rich in its mountains and mountain ranges, natural heritage, Everest National Park, flora, and fauna. Besides, these things, it is also rich for ancient Buddhist festivities among Sherpa Community. The famous festival of Sherpa’s and Tibetan Community residing in this region known as Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated on the full moon day during October or November of each year. It is a total of nineteen days celebration and ended with three days public festival in different monasteries mainly in Tengboche, Thame and Chiwong Monasteries of Solukhumbu Nepal.
It is the biggest festival among Sherpa and Tibetans when they gather in one place to celebrate it. People who are away from home and villages come back to their places to celebrate this festival which had developed the good relationship between their community and between the family members. The last three days are most important days of this festival when many tourists and Sherpa’s people gather in these monasteries to watch and celebrate the festival.
Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated on the occasion of introducing Buddhism religion in Tibetan plateau by Guru Padmasambhava (Rinpoche). It is believed that Buddhism was introduced during Mani Rimdu Festival. The festival is the mixture of mythical dance, blessing, worshipping of God on the occasion of victory of good over evil (demons and negative thoughts), construction of Mandala and offerings by Monks to the fire and serpent God, prayers and blessing ceremonies for the protection of the village from evil forces, and finally the destruction of Sand Mandala with overnight fire dance by the people.
For many people, it will be a wonderful moment to watch and celebrate this festival along with the trek to Everest Base Camp or simply to Tengboche Monastery. Trekkers who are heading for Everest Base Camp stays for a day or two in Tengboche to watch and celebrate this festival with Sherpa Community. The date of the Mani Rimdu Festival is already declared for this year (2017) by the Gurus of Monastery. It will be held on 4th of November 2017 and ended on 7th of November 2017.
Important Date of Mani Rimdu Festival on 2017:
- WONG: The day of Construction of Mandala which represents the universe and distribution of sacred pillars. 4th November, 2017.
- CHHAM: The day of colorful Mask Dance by the performers (Monks) with mystique masques and colorful dress. 5th November, 2017.
- JHINSAK: Offering to the Fire God and Serpent God and then overnight singing and dancing by the locals.6th 6th November 2017.
- LHOKPAR: Final day of the destruction of Sand Mandala created on the first day. End of the festival. 7th November 2017.
Think about the Everest Base Camp Trekking to witness the Mani Rimdu Festival in Tengboche Monastery and further continue your Trekking to Everest Base Camp after watching the Buddhist Teaching reflected in Mani Rimdu Festival with Sherpa Community with the professionals of LongWalk Adventures Team.