The Nepalese festive season and why it’s celebrated

Nepalese Festive Season is a merry time in Nepal

Dashain Festival is one of the most important Hindu festivals which is celebrated all over Nepal and among the Nepalese diaspora around the world.

The Dashain Festival

This festival falls around September or October and is actually celebrated for 15 days. Hindu Goddess Durga is worshiped during this festival.

How is it celebrated?

This festival is a ceremony of reunion and fun. People living far away or overseas visit their home and celebrate with their close relatives.

Children are treated with new clothes, gifts from their parents and close relatives.

People enjoy delicious Nepalese food and playing a lot of card games. This is merry times, feast everywhere, kites are flown, and communities build bamboo swings and get involved in various entertaining activities.

10 days of Dashain

The festival starts with a day called ‘Ghatsthapana’. Then the next 9 days are spent worshiping Goddess Durga. The main day is called ‘Dashami’ which is also known as ‘Vijaya Dashami’, the day when Goddess Durga got victory over the demons. On this day the seniors of the family put ‘Tika’ and ‘Jamara’ giving blessings to their younger ones. The youngsters also receive ‘Dakchhina’ which is usually brand new notes of money released by the Central Bank exactly for this purpose.

Dashain not only reunites the families and friends but it also gives the working people time to relax and enjoy with family.

It is the best time to visit Nepal

Generally, the festival means the finish of monsoon and beginning of autumn in Nepal. Weather is favourable and is the best time to visit Nepal for natural and cultural experiences.

The festival is followed by Tihar (Diwali) – the festival of lights

Festival of Lights – Tihar

Tihar is another beautiful and dazzling festival for the Hindus. It is also the second greatest festival for Nepalese, after Dashain – the festival of lights. The cities and the surroundings look clean and light up during the night.

The festival is celebrated for five days worshiping 4 different animals – Crow, Dog, Cow followed by worshipping of Ox/ goddess of wealth ‘Laxmi’. The fifth day is marked by sister praying for their brother’s long life and progress.

The team at the Hungry Buddha wishes all a happy Dashain and Tihar.

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