5th October 2019

Dashain Festival

The festive season is on! The countdown for the most awaited  Dashain festival of Nepalese people has finally finished. And, on this auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashami and Deepawali, we wish for health, wealth, peace and prosperity of you and your entire family.

                        HAPPY VIJAYA DASHAMI AND DEEPAWALI 2076

                                              Enjoy the time of togetherness with your family.
                                              May your life be filled with happiness and joy!
                                                           Nepal Intrepid Treks family

                                  Dashain – A Delightful Festival

Dashain is a festival of delight. It is one of the auspicious festivals celebrated by Hindu people in Nepal. Also known as Bijaya Dashami, the festival is a season of spirituality and togetherness. During this festival, the entire schools, colleges and offices remain closed. People head towards their hometown to spend the festival with their family and loved one. The festival has high significance in Hindu culture. Till date, it is one of the biggest festivals in Nepal celebrated by large number of population. Dashain  mostly falls during September to November. It starts from the bright lunar fortnight (Sukla Pakshya of Ashwin as per Nepalese calendar) and ends in Purnima (the full moon day). It is a 15 days long festival where each day is celebrated by performing different rituals.

As per Hindu mythology, a demon named Mahisasur who spread terror in the world was killed by Goddess Durga. The first nine days of the festival is “Navaratri”. It marks the constant battle between demon and gods. The tenth day represents the victory of good over evil where Goddess Durga gained victory over demons by killing Mahisasur. In these nine days, people worship different forms of Goddess Durga. They visit different shaktipiths (temple of goddess) and perform puja and aarti. Some people perform fasting for whole nine days and devote themselves in the worship of goddess Durga. Though Dashain is a Nepalese festival, the festival is also celebrated around the world in different style. In India, it is celebrated as Dusshera where Goddess Durga is worshipped for nine days. The festival is common amongst the people of Hindu community.

                               Important Days of Dashain

Ghatasthapana – It marks the first day of Dashain. On this day, people start the puja of Goddess Durga. With the initiation of puja, people collect sand and soil in a vessel and sow maize/barley seeds. The vessel is then covered and worshipped for whole nine days of Navaratri.

Fulpati – It is the seventh day of Dashain. On this day, ful – “flowers and plants” are brought to home and placed near the worship place in house.

Mahaasthami – It is the eighth day of Dashain. On this day, people sacrifice buffalos, goats, ducks and hens in the name of Goddess Kali, the violent form of Goddess Durga. The meat is them taken by people as Prasad (holy offering). The night is also referred to as Kal ratri – the darkest night.

Mahanavami – It is the ninth day of Dashain. On this day, mechanics, craftsmen, traders, etc. worship their tools and equipments. Even people worship the machinery items and vehicles in their houses.

Vijaya Dashami – it is the tenth day of Dashain and is one of the important days. On this day, people i.e. family members gather together. The younger people receive tika (mixture of rice, yogurt and vermilion, jamara (the plants of barley and maize planted on Ghatasthapana) and blessings from the elder people

                               Why Dashain is popular amongst people?

Dashain is very popular amongst people due to its delightful and positive vibes. People buy new clothes, eat delicious food and enjoy some quality time with their family. Nowadays, people are busy with their day to day life and this festival has become a medium of togetherness. People meet their near and dear ones, receive blessings and enjoy their time playing cards and eating food. The festival is very popular amongst children because they get new clothes, they will get an opportunity to play swings and get dakshina (money) along with blessings from their elders.
So, Dashain as a whole is an energetic festival. It brings positive vibes of happiness and togetherness amongst the people. If you want to be a part of this festival, then come join with Nepal Intrepid Treks! We arrange a wonderful trip to Nepal that includes celebration of this suspicious festival – Dashain.

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