Dashain is the biggest festival of the Nepalese Hindu people that falls in the month of late September and early October each year. The goddess Durga (the goddess of power) is worshipped and thousands of male animals only are sacrificed in every of her temples on this festival. People paint their houses and clean as a preparation for the festival. This festival has also made a significant role in reunion of distant and nearby relatives. The first nine days of Dashain are called 'nawa ratri'. The first day of Dashain is called 'Ghatasthapana'. A small rectangular sand block is made and seeded with grains. Day’s passes by regular rituals till the seventh day. The seventh day is called 'Fulpati'. The eighth day is called 'Maha Asthami'. Sacrifices are held in almost every house throughout the day. The night of the eighth day is called 'Kal Ratri' (the dark night). Hundreds of male goats, sheep and buffaloes are sacrificed at the goddess Durga's temples. Puja is being carried out and great feasts are held in the houses of common people. Many varieties of meat are prepared and eaten together in the families. The ninth day is called 'Maha Nawami'. The Taleju temple at Kathmandu Durbar Square is opened for the public once a year on this day only. All factories, vehicles and instruments are worshiped from which we make our living and to get the blessing from goddess Durga in the hope that she protects from accidents during the year. The tenth day is the 'Dashami' and also called ‘Vijaya Dashami’. On this day we take ‘Tika’ and ‘Jamara’ from our elders and receive their blessings. Younger visits the elders in their home and gets ‘Tika’ on forehead, ‘Jamara’ and blessings. Children are happy to wear new cloths and people wish a good luck to each other throughout the festival period. This function continues for four days. After four days, Dashain ends on the full moon day, the fifteenth day. In the last day people stay at home and relax from the rush. The full moon day is also called 'Kojagrata' meaning 'who is awake'. The Hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi is worshipped on this day. The goddess Laxmi is given an invitation to visit their houses.
Published on 25 Sep, 2014
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