Dashain / Bijaya Dashami (Nepal’s biggest festival)

Dashain, also known as Bijaya Dashami, is the biggest and most widely celebrated festival in Nepal. It is a Hindu festival that marks the victory of good over evil, and it is celebrated for 10 days in the month of Ashwin (September/October).

The festival is celebrated to honor the goddess Durga, who is considered the mother of the universe and the destroyer of evil. During Dashain, people visit temples to offer prayers and seek blessings from the goddess. The festival also involves the worship of various other deities, including Kali and Ganesh.

One of the key traditions of Dashain is the sacrifice of animals, particularly goats and buffaloes, to honor the goddess Durga. The meat from the sacrificed animals is then shared among family, friends, and the needy. Another important tradition is the flying of kites, which represents the victory of good over evil.

The final day of Dashain, known as Bijaya Dashami, is considered the most important day of the festival. On this day, people put tika (a mixture of rice, vermilion, and yogurt) on their foreheads as a blessing from their elders. They also exchange gifts and sweets with family and friends.

Dashain is a time for people to come together, celebrate their culture and traditions, and enjoy good food and company. It is a time for reflection, gratitude, and renewal, and it is a testament to Nepal’s rich cultural heritage and diversity.

Author: lekbesi


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