Nepal Festivals

 


Nepal is a country rich in culture and tradition. In Nepal throughout the year you can witness the moment of happiness and excitement by the celebration of various festivals.Festivals start from the New Year Celebration (in Baisakh, the first month in Nepali Calender ) to the "Chaite Dashain" (Dashain also celebrated in Chaitra which is the last month according to the Nepali calender).

I will try to give you brief idea about the major festivals in Nepal.

Dashain tika Dashain

       Dashain is the biggest festival in Nepal. It is considered as the victory of truth over the evil and is celebrated by all the Nepalis living in this country. Several people living outside the country also celebrate this festival. Elders or the superiors put tika (red in color) on the forehead of the youngers and give them blessings. Dashain is all together celebrated for 15 days. The first day of Dashain is called Ghatasthapana. In this day, people plant the jamara (can me maize, wheat). The another remarkable day is 7th day. It is called "FULPATI". In this day, the fulpati is brought from the Gorkha Durbar to the Kathmandu Hanuman Dhoka. The eight day of dashain is called "Aasthami"(meaning eighth in Nepali). People give the sacrifice to the animals such as goat, buffalo, duck, hen in the name of Goddess Durga. The vegeterian people take coconut as a repalcement of sacrifice to Goddess Durga. The ninth day is called "NAWAMI" (meaning ninth day in Nepali). In this day also people give sacrifice to the animals. People go to the temples of Durga Bhawani and other GOd and Goddess during the fifteen days to show their faith in God. The tenth day of the Dashain is considered as the most important day of the festival. The tenth day is called "VIJAYA DASHAMI" (vijaya meaning victory and dashami meaning the tenth in Nepali). The day is called vijaya because we celebrate this festival as the victory of the truth over the evil and victory of goodness over sin. In this day, we take tika from our elders and take blessing from them. Red tika and jamara that is planted on Ghatasthapana is put on the forehead of the youngers as a representation of the blessing. In this day, people travel to all of their relatives to take tika from their elders. In fact, this festival also gives the chance to Nepalese people to come in touch with their relatives and have a good time. People play cards, ping (swing) , kauda (kind of gambling game) to celebrate this festival. 



On the "Kalratri ", Kumari is taken to the Taleju temple and realeased in courtyard where there are lots of slaughtered goats, buffaloes, chickens etc.

       The eleventh day of the festival is called "Ekadasi"(meaning 11th ). Ekadasi is normally considered to be the day where people normally do not eat meat, fish, eggs. But on this very day, people can eat meat and fish. It is the only "EKADASI" in the whole year when the people who believe in Hindu religion can eat meat. People take tika and blessing from the 10th day to the 15th day and travel long distances to take tika from their relatives. The 14th day of the Dashain is called "KOJAGRAT PURNIMA". In this day people become awake whole night and sing bhajans of God. The 15th day is called "Purnima" and it is the last day of the Festival.

 

 

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