Manang is a naturally and culturally enriched district in Himalayan region that can be reached within one day from Kathmandu. Manang has its own original culture, tradition and customs. Currently, archery is being observed in grand style throughout the district.
Nowadays, archery is being observed in different village executives such as Khangsar, Tenki Manang, Manang, Bragha, Ngawal, Ghyaru Pisang in Nisyang Village executive and Chame in Chame Village Executive. The locals in the district celebrate the festival every year with the advent of New Year.
The festival is being celebrated from the immemorial time and the locals of the places celebrate it with a new style. The festival is called ‘Metha’ in the local language. All people including young and old celebrate this festival by gathering in one place and observing it for a week.
The people observe the festival for supporting agricultural products, preventing demons from entering the villages, spreading peace and happiness avoiding quarrels and fights, wishing for love and good relations and promoting unity among people. In ‘Metha Parva’, competition takes place between two groups.
The residents of the places enjoy the festivals by eating delicious food, funding for prizes to the winners and dancing together. They participate in the festival in their traditional attire to add excitement. Now the locals are giving priority to the festival in order to promote tourism.
Domestic and external tourists coming to Annapurna trekking route also participate in the festival and enjoy it to the fullest. The festival is celebrated in different styles in four different places Nisyan, Chame, Naar, Phu, and Nasong.
At the end of the festival, a dance known as “shabru” is performed by the villagers. The main objective of this festival is to wipeout the evil spirit and demons so that the people will be prosperous, healthy and happy.