Dashain is one of the most celebrated festivals in Nepal. It lasts for 15 days making it the longest festival in the nation. Also called Dahsera, Vijaya Dashami or Dasain, its meaning is “Take away bad omen” (dasha=bad omen, hara=take away).
This festival is celebrated resembling the victory of Good against Evil.
And for the travelers in Nepal, this can be a good time to experience the great weather and witness the most celebrated festival, Dashain. Tourists and travelers can play swing, fly kite or gather round with Nepali people and lost oneself in Nepali culture.
Dashain is also the time of the year where every member reunites with their families, wherever they are. During the festive people take blessing from the elders and enjoy the moment with happiness surrounding them. Elders make a special kind of Tika (a kind of colored mixture of curd and rice) and put in juniors forehead. Everyone gets to enjoy & they share happiness with friends, relatives and family and enjoying big feast. People buy new clothes, play swing made up of Bamboo and rope and fly kite as a typical tradition of this festival. There is also a belief that we must play swing for once during Dashain because of the traditional belief that it aids in reliving bad omen and replacing it with good one.
People get to enjoy this time because of the fact; the festive is celebrated right after the harvesting season. In this season (Sarad Ritu) of the year they are blessed with lots of rice, balancing the happiness and fulfillment gained from meeting friends, relatives and family members after a long period of time.
All the people worship Durga Bhawani by visiting temples. Also called Nauratha visit, in this day, everyone wake up early in the morning and go to nearby temple of Durga. Musical Programs, dance programs and Ramlila are performed. Mainly in Terai Ramlila is much favoured and Nepal has its own tune symbolizing Dashain, called Mal Shree Dhun.
According to Hindu mythology, Dashain is celebrated as the defeat of Mahishasura who created terror in Davaloka (The world where gods live) by the Goddess Durga. In the mythology first nine days symbolizes the battle between Goddess Durga and Mahishasura and tenth day as the victory over the demon.
Dashain is celebrated for 15 days and among them some main days are listed below:
1st Day – Ghatasthapana
7th Day - Fulpati
8th Day – Asthami
9th Day – Navami
10th Day – Vijaya (Victory) Dashami [Main Celebration Day]
11th Day – Ekadashi
15th Day – Kojagrat Purnima
Though, Dashain is the most celebrated festive in Nepal. Controversies point toward the sacrificing of animals and replacing it with serving Pumpkins.
This is the best day for Nepali peoples and can also be the best day for foreigners because, there is nothing like family gathering.