During the month of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain. Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. From Visit Nepal
We have lived in Nepal for almost 7 years – still Dashain is somEthing we know very little about.
When we ask our Nepalese freinds about Dashain we can see the longing in their eyes. The longing for the time with their families, the longing for the good food, the longing for the swings and the longing for holding hands… the longing for Dashain.
If people ask Christians why the celebrate Christmas I’m pretty sure that most of them will tell that its about the birth of Jesus and that the main celebration is either the 24th in the evening or the following moring.
When we ask them what Dashain actually means – why we celebrate Dashain its difficult to get an explanation.
The goddess Durga and her various manifestations are especially worshiped by Hindu Newars throughout the Shaktipeeths of Kathmandu Valley. Among Newars, Mwohni is also important for its emphasis on family gatherings as well as on a renewal of community ties, highlighted by special family dinners called Nakhtyā (Newar: नख्त्या) and various community processions of deities… Dashain according to Wikipedia.
When we ask when Dashain is happening the situation is the same – nobody really know until it happens.
Dashain starts today
This morning we woke up to music and ringing bells from the small temple around the corner.
And while writing this blog post I can here the music from the speakers next to the temple. Our local community is having their first Dashain Party.
The first day of Dashain – Ghatasthapana dashain – is one oh the 6 important days of the 15 day long festival. Incas you are curious to know about them read this article.
On the 10th we have our own tradition @ Tings
Its the Tika Day! The day where we give Tikas to our small family here at Tings.
Its the only day where we serve Nepalese food – home made of course. Guests and friends usually joins if they don’t have other plans. So if you’re around come by and say hallo.
With this very brief Dashain Explanation we wish you all a happy festival.