Vivah Panchami is a Hindu festival that commemorates the union of Ram and Sita, of Ramayan. The wedding is said to have taken place on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the month of Mangsir (Marga Shukla Paksha) during the Treta Yug in the holy Mithila region. The day is thought to be auspicious for getting married and starting a family. The weeklong festival is celebrated by re-enacting Ram and Sita's wedding, colorful processions, dance performances attended by both locals and visitors from nearby Indian cities, as well as some from Ayodhya in India.
Janakpur, the capital of Madhesh Pradesh in Nepal, is believed to be the birthplace of Sita and ancient Mithila's capital. The Janaki Temple, dedicated to Sita in Janakpur, is a rare blend of Mughal and Rajput architecture with a lovely garden that includes Vivah Mandap (wedding courtyard) dedicated to them.