Gaura Festival

Gaura is the festival in the month of Bhadra (August/September). Especially Most of the Far West and Middle-West parts of Nepal celebrate this festival.  It starts from the day of Krishna Janmastami (birth of Lord Krishna) and lasts for three days by worshiping Shiva and Parvati along with Ganesh. 
On the day of Krishna Janmastami women keep fasting. Later they form a grass-made figure of Shiva and Parvati and they also offer a mixture of five kinds of grains, known as Biruda. The Deuda dance is the major part of this festival. Participants hold hands and form a circle as they dance traditional music. It is also the occasion for married women to put on the sacred thread. There are many tales regarding the origin of Gaura but mainly this day, the women worship goddess Gauri, the wife of Lord Shiva for their husband’s and children’s health and long age.