Dressed to welcome Spring

Spring has officially started in Nepal. Yesterday was the festival here called Basant Panchami which marks the beginning of spring ("basant" literally means "spring") and at the same time, it is a festival dedicated to Saraswati, Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, arts and music. Saraswati is supposed to celebrate her birthday and at the same time she opens the doors of the spring season. People, mostly women and schoolchildren, pay homage to the image of Saraswati and sprinkle the goddess' image with grains, flowers, fruits and sweets. Look at the beauties in traditional attires that I caught with my camera.

This young Newari beauty is adorned with main traditional jewelry pieces: tikma and tayo necklaces; lunya swam and sir bandi head ornaments.

This one is more modest, wearing a classy pearl necklace, earrings and some bangles.

Young women is saris. The one on the foreground is decorated with beautiful embroidery.

Girls enjoying ice-cream

The closest woman wears a sari and two others are dressed in kameez/churidar sets.

Nice hair adornment

No age limit for dressing up


  1. Oh such beautiful girls, they look amazing. And a delight to see so much gorgeous colour. Look at the littlest love in fuchsia, adorable!
    Saraswati, goddess of wisdom, knowledge, music and arts, AND Spring; I like the sound of her! xxxx

  2. Those costumes are amazing - so colourful!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. I cannot believe they wear all these jewelry pieces at once :) У меня глаза разбегаются :) But, it's so bright and beautiful.

  4. Wow! These costumes are really beautiful. I wish it was Spring here too :-)

  5. These young women are really beauties. The bright colors and the gorgeous embroideries highlighten their beauty particularly.

  6. Just when I think I want to embrace a more minimalist aesthetic, I see magnificent styles like these. The colors, glorious fabrics, and rich embellishments are just magnificent. My eyes are thoroughly delighted.