Dashain: The Longest Festival of Nepal
In the start of September, you will most presumably observe a goat or two fastened in numerous home’s yard. They are implied for yield on Maha Asthami, the eighth day of the best celebration of Hindus in Nepal, that is, Dashain. Gracious yes, you’ll see a considerable measure of blood being part on that day in numerous a sanctuary all through the nation. Hope to likewise observe many articles distributed in dailies this month encouraging individuals to do without the yield of creatures in Dashain. Relatively few will pay notice to this, that much is without a doubt, however in the meantime, an expanding number of individuals are surrendering the custom, and rather, managing with emblematic conciliatory offerings, by and large the cutting of substantial gourds with a khukuri on that day.
Anyway, this is one part of Dashain that has been the subject of much discussion as of late. Credit this to the developing thought of every living creature’s common sense entitlement and such things. In any case, now, we should discuss alternate parts of this ten-day celebration. Everything starts with Ghatasthapna. This is the point at which each Hindu family unit in the land sows a modest bunch of grain seeds on a sand bed in the puja room. A little light with a thick wick is likewise kept lit for the full ten days of Dashain. A male relative does the day by day puja amid this period. The grain seeds will rapidly grow into decent yellow leaves (called jamara) and these will be offered to everyone who comes to put on tika from the family senior citizens amid the last day of Dashain. The tika comprises of a blend of brilliant red vermilion powder, some curd, and white rice, and is put on the temple. You’ll assuredly observe many individuals with such tikas on their temples and jamaras on the head or behind the ears amid the day of Tika. Concerning the never-endingly consuming light, it’s kept secured with another earthen pot on which thick dark residue settles. This dark sediment is likewise put on the temple, just underneath the red tika on that day.
The initial nine days of the celebration are called Navaratri (nava: nine and ratri: night). In the event that you get up truly right on time amid this time and take a voyage through sanctuaries devoted to Goddess Durga or her different indications, you’ll be astonished to see really enormous group thronging the sanctuaries from as ahead of schedule as even three in the morning. This is really an every day custom for a great many people amid Navaratri. Another vital piece of the merriments are the dining experiences families have all through the ten days of Dashain. Meat dishes in numerous assortments are overwhelming, and amid this time, numerous families don’t eat bubbled rice, rather going for beaten rice (chiura). Fulpati falls on the seventh day. Jamara from Gorkha, the first home of the previous Shah lords, is brought into Kathmandu in a stately parade. A secured palanquin is borne on the shoulders of loin-dressed Brahmins who are escorted by warriors wearing military regalia of antiquated circumstances and convey bayoneted guns. The eighth day is Maha Asthami, an awful time for a large number of wild oxen, goats, ducks, and pigeons that succumb to the unforgiving slice of the khukuri. Its night is known as Kal Ratri (dark night).
Maha Nawami is the ninth day of Dashain. This is the main day of the year when the entryways of the popular Taleju sanctuary at Hanuman Dhoka are opened for the general population. This is additionally the day when the patio (kot) of the Hanuman Dhoka castle witnesses the official penances directed by the Nepali armed force, an event amid which since quite a while ago bladed khukuris are utilized to cut conciliatory wild oxen’s heads flawlessly with a solitary stroke. Officers in full uniform remain in participation while the military groups play war tunes and the serious canons shoot a couple of blasting rounds. The last day of Dashain is Vijaya Dashami, the day of Tika. One can anticipate that all families will set up their best front at that point, since there will be parcels and bunches of guests for the duration of the day. Along these lines, put on the new drapes, reveal the new-looking rug, spread out many pads on the floor, and so forth. Most family units will have a vast silver plate holding the tika, the jamara, natural products, and a lot of new notes. The last, since cash is the thing that will change hands, from that of seniors to those more youthful than them, alongside the putting on of tikas on temples and jamaras behind the ears.
Come the propitious hour for putting on tika, the eldest in the family puts on tika to all other relatives. Before long, guests (by and large relatives) start to arrive, generally as family gatherings. This is outstanding amongst other parts of the ten-day celebration, the uniting of kith and faction in any event for one day in a year. Many originate from far away urban communities and towns, some even in the wake of intersection the seven oceans to influence it to home for Dashain, and with everything taken into account, it’s one convention that is truly something incredible. Another fortunate thing about Tika is that, at any rate amid this time, all hostility and long stewing squabbles are kept aside, and its joy and altruism the distance.
Presently, you might need to think about the consequence of such a long and festivity filled celebration. All things considered, really, Tika proceeds for in any event the following four days to take into account latecomers to visit and get the gift of older folks. Dashain truly closes on the fifteenth day, the full moon day, a day known as Kojagrata Purnima, which is likewise the day when everyone is permitted a breather and some truly necessary rest. All around earned, that is without a doubt!