In Nepal, Dashain is the longest and most notable festival on the calendar, and many Nepalese expatriates actually return to Nepal specifically to observe Dashain Festival in their homeland. Dashain runs from the “bright moon” until the full moon in the Hindu month of Ashvin, lasting for 15 days. On the Gregorian calendar, it falls in either September or October, varying from year to year due to the differences between a lunar versus a solar based time-keeping system. During Dashain, many Nepalese businesses and public buildings will be closed, so the tourist will need to plan ahead carefully. The Dashain Festival is also celebrated by Hindus and Nepalese in practically every other part of the planet where they live.Many tourists love to visit Nepal And Nepal Trekking Is Managing a Festival Tour In Nepal With Best Tour Packages during your festival Holiday Vacation In Nepal.
Red Tika on the forehead ad yellow jamara on their head - this is the distinctive look people sport only during Dasain. People are seen moving from one place to another to receive blessings from their elders in the form of tika and jamara form the tenth day of of Dashain- Vijaya Dasami - of this revered festival Dashain without tika and jamara is almost unimaginable.
Dashain is celebrated to mark the victory, according to Hindu religious writings, of Ramayan over the evil demon-king, Ravana, and over the demon Mahisasur, who cruelly terrorised the people of India in the form of a raging water buffalo. The Hindu goddess Durga was said to be instrumental in winning these victories, so she is especially worshiped at this time. In general, the holiday season of Dashain is a celebration of “the triumph of good over evil,” though it is tied to specific Hindu stories.
The Tradition of Dashain
Since Dashain Festival arrives just after the harvest, there is much rice and grain in homes at this time of year. Worshipers use pigmented, red rice, called “tika,” to mark their foreheads. Some also mark them with a white circle instead, however.
Some things for tourists to look for and take part in if in Nepal for Dashain Festival include these three:
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