Dashain is one of the most cherished festivals of Nepal, celebrated by Nepalis throughout the world. Dashain usually falls in autumn (September or October) and is celebrated for ten days continuously. Each day is linked to a specific religious reason. This year, the festival starts from 21 Ashwin and lasts till 29 Ashwin as per the Nepali Calendar. During the Navaratri (first nine days of the festival), the Navadurga is worshipped as a divine mother goddess by visiting temples (Shakti peeths), performing innumerable pujas sacrificing animals.
Dashain honours the divine beings’ tremendous victory over evil demons. When goddess Durga defeated an evil-spirited monster known as “Mahisasur” who spread panic and fear, the celebration got ignited. The victory by goddess Durga over the devil also represents the celebration of truth, always winning over sin and deceits. Apart from Goddess Durga’s glorious victory, the celebration also honours God Ram’s victory over the devil Ravan.
Dashain is an auspicious festival for all age groups of people. Extended families gather together to celebrate the occasion with a feast organized from the 7th day until the last day of the Dashain. The festival is a great opportunity for families who haven’t seen each other in a long time to reunite.
Children especially enjoy this celebration the most as they get to enjoy the Dashain vacation, delicacies of meat, meeting their cousins, and wearing new clothes. The adults and children receive cash from the family’s elder members in the form of Dakshina, a type of gift and blessings. Families get together and enjoy quality time together, by playing cards, flying kites and making skies colourful. In addition, giant bamboo swings are built in the neighbourhoods for children to play.
Ghatasthapana, the first day of the Dashain falls on 7th October this year, while Pulpati falls on 12th October, Ashtami is on October 13th, Nawami is on October 14th, and Dashami is on October 15th. The occasion of Dashain is enjoyed for five more days until October 20, Kojagrat Purnima. Relatives and extended family members visit each other’s homes until Kojagrat Purnima to put tika and seek blessings.
Dashain Celebration In The Age Of COVID-19
In this Covid era, many of you, won’t be able to celebrate Dashain as you have in the past. While it’s natural to want to be with your loved ones in person in this time, but the lockdown and border restriction has forced many of you to celebrate the festival wherever you are.
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