Faguwa fest exhibits indigenous cultureCultural festival, Faguwa Mahostav, organised to mark the festival of colours, ended on Saturday at Sauraha in Chitwan.
Cultural festival, Faguwa Mahostav, organised to mark the festival of colours, ended on Saturday at Sauraha in Chitwan. Organised jointly by Tharu Cultural Museum, Investigation Centre Bichhauli and Paradise Youth Club, the fest featured vignettes from culture and arts practiced by the indigenous Tharu, Gurung and Tamang communities in the district.
On its opening day, on Friday, the festival featured dance performances, such as Mayur nach, Damphu and Rasdhari nach, which are typical of the local Tharu community.
Conservator of organiser Tharu Museum, Basudev Chaudhary, said that the fest was organised with the aim to preserve endangered Tharu culture and tradition.
Chaudhary further said, “We organised this fest with an aim to hand over the culture of Faguwa to the young generations as the tradition seems to lose its importance each year.” He added, “Faguwa, which is celebrated for three days, is also known to be the New Year of Tharus but these days, people don’t seem to care.”
Similarly, cultural coordinator of the fest, Dipesh Chaudhary said, “The youths have also begun to understand the importance of our unique culture, so we organised Faguwa Mahostav for the first time with the aim of promoting our culture.” He added, “In the day of holi, everyone will be busy with themselves, so we organised this fest a few days prior the actual festival so as to engage more number of audience.”