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Asare Celebration

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The appendix section of the book A Grammar of Dhimal presents texts from a variety of genres, riddles, songs, kinship terms, verb paradigms, a Dhimal-English glossary and bibliography. With this grammar, it is hoped that Dhimal will yield clues necessary to sort out the historical spread of Tibeto-Burman languages in this region. The two principle holiday celebrations of the Dhimal community are sirijat or asare puja, which takes place at the onset of the monsoon and parba, a harvest celebration that coincides with the Hindu holiday tihar. Other holidays include the more recently adopted phaguwa or holi, a Hindu celebration loved by the young and mischievous, involving the throwing of coloured powder and water. Text 16 presented here explains how asare is celebrated in the Dhimal community.

Keywords: asare celebration; Dhimal; phaguwa; sirijat

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