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Matatirtha Aushi: Nepali Mother’s Day

On the last day of the dark fortnight in April or early May, Mata Tirtha Aunsi, aka Kushe aushi: Nepali Mother's Day, is observed all over Nepal. Let's look at the story behind the occasion.

A mother’s string with her child is one of the strongest and most significant connections in the world, and it lasts a lifetime, unaffected by time or distance. A mother’s love is unconditional, and this festival recognizes the presence and importance of mothers across the country. On this day we celebrate Mother’s presence in our life. 

Celebration of matatirtha ausi, on the last day of the dark fortnight of April or early May, which falls in Baisakh, Nepal’s first month. On this day , people show appreciation to their mothers by presenting them with presents, sweets, and flower garlands. In this article, we will look into the significance of Matatirtha aushi: Nepali Mother’s Day.

The Name Behind

Before we begin, I would like to note the names given to Mother’s Day in Nepal.

  • Aama ko mukh heyney din: literal translation “a day to look at mother’s face”. 

 To embrace the presence of a mother in our lives, to recognize and respect their impact on everyday life. Re-establish a relationship based on love, trust, and understanding. And to straighten up any misconceptions or problems between a mother and her child.

  • Mata tirtha aushi: literal translation “a pilgrimage to mother at new moon day”. 

To remember decreased mother at Matatirtha Pond, located on the outskirts of Kathmandu. It is a pilgrimage spot where people come in memory of their deceased mothers. People want to be blessed by the mother’s face in the water reflection. 

Mother’s love

The Unbreakable Bond

Matatirtha aushi: Nepali Mother’s Day. The celebration starts as unique as the names are, with children rising early to recognize and appreciate their mothers. The day is filled with excitement and appreciation for the maternal bond, from giving presents and sweets to spending time together.

For people who have lost their mothers, paying respect at the sacred pilgrimage destination of Mata Tirtha is essential. It’s six miles southwest of Kathmandu and has two pools for bathing and “looking upon their mother’s face.”

On this auspicious day, people observe this ceremony with great dedication and compassion as it is a beautiful reminder of a mother’s and child’s undying love and tie that goes beyond time and space.

The Legends

Mata Tirtha Aunsi’s origins originate in old traditions, where a cowherd grieving the loss of his mother placed sacrifices at a water storage pond in the forest. Then to his surprise his mother’s face appear in the river and accept his presents, and thus the day : the Mata Tirtha Aunsi celebration begin.

Today, people believe that paying tribute at this sacred spot on this unique day brings comfort and harmony to their mother’s departed soul. They observe the festival with great devotion and dedication throughout Nepal. Mother’s Day in Nepal is celebrated as a day to be blessed with the reflection of a mother.

Final Words

In the end, Matatirtha aushi: Nepali Mothers Day is an occasion that celebrates mothers’ unconditional love and sacrifice. It is an opportunity for us to express our gratitude and affection for the essential role our mothers play in our lives. On this auspicious day, let us take this chance to pay respect to our moms and make them feel special. Happy Mother’s Day!

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