In Nepal Himalaya Buddhist community celebrate different kind of festival and ceremonies. Like Dhu Chhyang, Mani, Raling, Lhasol, Ngoyang, Nyungne, Yartong, Tiji, Mani Rimdu etc. Among them Mani Rimdu in Khumbhu region is one of biggest Buddhist ceremonies in Himalaya. It’s held on ninth month full moon of Buddhist calendar. The Mani Rimdu is one of the most fascinating Himalayan Buddhist festivals observed every year, usually in November (the dates are dictated by the lunar calendar), in Tengboche Monastery just south of Mount Everest.
Mani Rimdu is a sacred ceremony and a series of events of empowerment. The festival consists of 9 days of ceremonies and meditation, called Drupchen. This is concluded by a special blessing ceremony given by resident Rinpoche to the general public followed by the world renowned Mask Dances performed by the monks. The festival concludes with 3 noisy and colorful days of public celebration. The festival dates, determined by the lunar cycle, vary each year.
Day 01: Fly Kathmandu to Lukla and trek to Phakding
Day 02: Trek Phakding to Namche Bazaar
Day 03: Namche Bazaar - Acclimatisation day
Day 04: Namche Bazaar - Tengboche
04th Nov 2017 Day 05: Mani Rimbu Festival (Opening)
05th Nov 2017 Day 06: Mani Rimbu Festival (Blessing Day)
06th Nov 2017 Day 07: Mani Rimbu Festival (Mask Dance)
07th Nov 2017 Day 08: Tengboche - Namche Bazaar (Closing Day)
Day 09: Namche Bazaar - Lukla
Day 10: Lukla - Kathmandu