Celebrate the Dashain During the month of last week of Asoj or 1st week of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain(Vijaya Dashami). Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste, Religion, and creed throughout the country. The 15th days of celebration occur during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon. Throughout the kingdom of Nepal, the goddess Durga(Vagawati) in all her manifestations are worshiped with innumerable worshipful, abundant offerings and thousands of animal sacrifices for the ritual holy bathing, thus drenching the goddess for days in blood.Dashain commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. One of the victory stories told is the Ramayan,( Book) where Lord Ram after a big struggle slaughtered with Ravana, the fiendish king of demons. It is said that Lord Ram was successful in the battle only when goddess Durga Vagawati was evoked. The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur, who terrorized the earth in the guise of a brutal water buffalo. The first 9th days signify the nine days of ferrous battle between goddess Durga and the demon Mahisasur. The 10th day is the day when Mahisasur was slain and the last five days symbolize the celebration of the victory with the blessing of the goddess. Dashain is celebrated with great rejoicing, and goddess Durga is worshiped throughout the kingdom as the divine mother goddess.When In Dashin every home is painted as an invitation to the mother goddess, cleansed and beautifully decorated, so that she may visit and bless the house with good fortune. During this time the reunion of distant and nearby relatives occur in every household. The market is filled with shoppers seeking kinds of new clothing, gifts, luxuries and enormous supplies of temple offering for the gods, as well as foodstuffs for the family feasting. Lots of sheep, goats, ducks, chicken and water buffalo are prepared for the great slaughter. All types of organizations are closed for 10 - 15 days. Labourers are almost impossible to find; from the poor to the rich, all enjoy the festive mood. Anywhere you go the aroma of 'Vijaya Dashami' is found.
Naba Ratri (nine night)
1st-9th days of Dashain are called Nawa Ratri when tantric rites are conducted. In Nepal, the life force is embodied in the divine energy and power of the female, depicted as goddess Durga Bhagawati in her many forms. All goddess who emanated from Goddess Durga is known as devices, each with different aspects and powers. In most mother goddess temples the deity is represented simply as a sacred Kalash, carved water jug or multiple handed goddesses holding murderous weapons. During these nine days, people pray their homage to the goddess. If she is properly worshiped and pleased good fortunes are on the way and if angered by neglect then misfortunes are around the corner. Mother goddess is the source of life and everything.
Day 1st: - Ghatasthapana: Starting Day of days in(1st day of Dashain) is called Ghatasthapana, which literally means pot establishing. On this day the Kalash, (holy water vessel) symbolizing goddess Durga often with her image embossed on the side is placed in the prayer room (Pooja kotha). The Kalash is filled with holy water and flower and covered with cow dung onto which seeds are sown. A small rectangular sand block is made and the Kalash is put in the center. The surrounding bed of sand is also seeded with grains. The ghatasthapana ritual is performed at a certain auspicious moment determined by the astrologers. At that particular moment the priest intones a welcome, requesting goddess Durga to bless the vessel with her presence.'Dashain Ghar' is called the room where the Kalash is established. Generally, women are not allowed to enter the room where Dashain pooja is being carried out. A priest or a household man worships the Kalash and pray everyday once in the morning and then in the evening. The Kalash and the sand are sprinkled with holy water every day and it is shielded from direct sunlight. By the 10th day, the seed will have grown to four to six inches long yellow grass. The sacred yellow grass is called 'JAMARA'. It is bestowed by the elders atop the heads of those younger to them during the last five days when Tika is put on. The jamara is taken as a token of Goddess Durga as well as the elders blessing.As days pass by regular rituals are observed till the seventh day. The 7th day is called 'Fulpati'. The 8th day is called the Maha Asthami: The 9th day is called Nawami: The 10th day is the Bijaya Dashami:
Dashain Festival Tour date for 2018:
27 SEP 2018: Dashain 7th day Fulpati festival celebrate
28 SEP 2018: Dashain 8th day Maha Asthami celebrate
29 SEP 2018: Dashain 9th day Maha Nawami celebrate
30 SEP 2018: Dashain 10th day Bijaya Dashami celebrate
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27 SEP 2017: Dashain 7th day Fulpati festival celebrates.
In fulpati (flowers and leaves), the Royal Kalash filled with holy water, banana stalks, jamara, and sugar cane tied with red cloth is carried by Brahmans (big cast) on a decorated palanquin under a gold-tipped and embroidered beautiful umbrella. The government officials also join the fulpati parade.
28 SEP 2017: Dashain 8th day Maha Asthami celebrate.
The fervor of worship and sacrifice to Durga and Maha Kali increases. On this day many orthodox Hindus will be fasting. Sacrifices are held in almost every house throughout the day. The night of the eighth day is called 'Kal Ratri', in the morning or the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep, and buffaloes are sacrificed at the mother goddess temples. The sacrifice continues till dawn. While the pooja is being carried out great feasts are held in the homes of common people where a large amount of meat is consumed.
29 SEP 2017: Dashain 9th day Maha Nawami celebrate.
Temples of mother goddess are filled with people from dawn till dusk. Animals mostly black buffaloes are slaughtered to honor Durga Bhagwati the goddess of victory and might and to seek her blessing. Military bands play war tunes (Malshree dhoon), guns boom and officers with beautifully decorated medals in full uniform stand there. When the function ends the courtyard is filled ankle deep with blood. On this very day the god Vishwa Karma, the God of creation is also worshiped. All vehicles, factories, any machinery instruments and anything from which we make a living are worshiped. We also give sacrifices to all moving machinery like Aeroplane, cars, truck, bicycle etc. to get the blessing from goddess Durga Bhagwati for protection for vehicles and their occupants against accidents during the year. The entire day is colorful.
30 SEP 2017: Dashain 10th day Bijaya Dashami celebrate.
On this day we take red tika and yellow jamara from our elders and receive their blessing. We visit our elders in their home and get Tika and Jamara from them while our younger ones come to our home to receive the blessing from us. The importance of Dasain also lies in the fact that on this day family members from far off and distant relatives come for a visit as well as to receive Tika and Jamara from the head of the family. This function continues for four days. After four days of rushing around and meeting your relatives, Dashain ends on the full moon day(Purnima), the 15th day. In the last day, people stay at home and rest. The full moon day is also called 'Kojagrata Purnima' meaning 'who is awake'. The Hindu goddess of wealth Laxmi is worshiped. On this day the goddess Laxmi is given an invitation to visit each and everyone.
After Dashain festival, everyone settles back to normal. After receiving the blessing of goddess Durga, people are ready to work and acquire virtue, power, and wealth. starting school and all office. Dashain thus is not only the longest festival but also the most anticipated one among all the festivals of Nepal.
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