Mani Rimdu Festival in Nepal

By Glorious Himalaya on August 17, 2022 in Festival

Mani Rimdu Festival in Nepal is a 19-day celebration to honor Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava’s establishment of Buddhism in Nepal. The festival is celebrated at the Tengboche, Thame, and Chiwong monasteries in Nepal’s Khumbu region. It is the most important and sacred ceremony for the Sherpa people.

Mani Rimdu is held in the ninth Tibetan month, which falls in October or November, and is full moon time.  Mani signifies “part of the chant of Chenrezig,” Rimdu means the small red pills blessed during the festival. The red pills are repeatedly blessed before being distributed to everyone in attendance.

Mani Rimdu Festival in Everest region
Monks marching at Mani Rimdu festival in the Everest region

It starts with a detailed depiction of the mandala diagram made with colored sand. The festival’s main first day is devoted to prayer, while its second day features vibrant lama dancing.   During the ritualistic “Mask dance”, the monks wear brocade costumes, traditional attire, and painted masks. Demons are quelled, and the virtuous receive rewards.

The last day is devoted to humorous dances and prayer chanting. The performance is attended by hundreds of locals and visitors from abroad.

Performing in Mani Rimdu Festival
Monks are performing at the Mani Rimdu festival.

The Mani Rimdu event at Tengboche will take place this year on November 8, 9, and 10. Be a part of Glorious Himalaya Trekking to celebrate the Mane Rimdu at Tengboche. A trip to Tengboche Monastery rewards you to observe the genuine and ideal Sherpa culture and the magnificent Himalayas.

Here are the dates of the Mani Rimdu festival for the coming years in the Everest region.

YearTengboche Thame
2023October 28/29/30May 30 / 31 and June 1
2024November 15/16/17May 18/19/20
2025November 5/6/7June 5/6/7
2026October 26/27/28May 26/27/28
2027November 14/15/16June 14/15/16

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