August 2 – A month-long Gunla festival, one of the major festivals of the Newar Buddhist community began from today.
During the festival, Newar Buddhists recite scriptures, observe fast and visit places of worship playing devotional music.
Before the monsoon season reaches the landscapes of Nepal, locals have ensured that their fields are plowed and crops are sown in time for one of their most important festivals. The Gunla Festival has been celebrated in the Kathmandu Valley for centuries and was started by Buddha 2 500 years ago. Buddhists of the region celebrate the “rains’ retreat”, and the festival lasts for thirty days.