Nepal is rich in Cultural diversities. Every cultural and ethnic group has different customs, festivals, languages, tradition and life style. Different community celebrates the different cultural festival in their own way. TIJI festival is one of them celebrated in Mustang, lies just north of the main Himalayan range of Nepal. The Tiji festival is a three-day ritual known as “The chasing of the Demons” based on the Tiji myth. Tiji tells the story of a deity named Dorje Jono who must battle against his demon father to save the Kingdom of Mustang from destruction. The demon father wreaks havoc on Mustang by creating a water shortage which, in this extremely dry land, is the most precious life-sustaining resource. Dorje Jono eventually defeats the demon and banishes him from the land. After killing his demon father, Dorje Jono and the monks and walk back into the main square in Lo Manthang, where the local people put khatas around his neck, probably three or four hundred of them.
Tiji festival is celebrated in the memory of this event, based on this myth in the main square of Lo Manthang for three days. Over the festival time monks dressed in elaborate costumes and masks perform dances and rituals that are supposed to drive away evil spirits. The early history of Lo Monthang is embellished in myth and legend rather than the recorded fact. Mustang has maintained its status as a separate principality until 1951. The king of Lo Monthang still retains his title and he has been given the honorary rank of Colonel in the Nepal army. Tiji comes from the words “ten che” meaning “the hope of Buddha Dharma prevailing in all worlds” and is a spring renewal festival that also celebrates the triumph of good over evil. The festival is not only popular among the Nepali people but also with lots of foreigners who want to have the experience of local culture and tradition accompanying trekking in high Himalayan Region of Nepal.
Outshine Adventure offers you the special Tiji Festival trek in the month of May and June. The main days of this festival is from 11 & 12 May for 2021.