In the western Terai of Nepal, the Dagaura Chaudhary Community celebrates the Atwari Festival with deep devotion and tradition. This unique festival spans two days and takes place on the first Sunday of Badhra Sukla Pakshya, focusing on unity and family ties.

During this festival, the men in the community observe a day-long fast. They don’t eat anything, not even drink water.

As the sun sets, they uniquely break their fast. They prepare a special meal called “Agrasan” and offer it to their sisters and daughters within the community. Agrasan symbolizes their love and respect for the women in their lives.

After this, they continue their fast, but now they can drink water and eat fruits at night.

The following day, they prepare Agrasan again and take it to the homes of their married sisters and daughters, showing their enduring family bonds.

The Atwari Festival also pays tribute to Bhim, one of the Pandavas from the Mahabharata Epic, known for his strength and courage.

This festival is not just about rituals; it’s a way for the community to unite, strengthen their relationships, and celebrate their heritage. It reminds us of unity, goodwill, and the lasting bonds of family and community.