It’s holiday time again in Nepal! Navaratri has begun and people are on the move to rejoin their families and friends for the largest Hindu festival of the year. Bus tickets have sold out and local bazaars are jammed with enthusiastic holiday shoppers looking for traditional gifts of clothing and accessories for their loved ones.
Thousands of buffalo, goats, chickens, and pigs will be sacrificed during Dashain. Curiously, goat meat is called “mutton” by Nepalis, while mutton to Westerners means meat only from a sheep.
Dashain symbolizes the triumph of Good over Evil and celebrates the victory of Goddess Durga over the demon Mahishasur on Mahanavami (the 9th day). This year Vijaya Dashami, the 10th day of the festival, will be celebrated on October 8. The auspicious time for receiving tika from elders has been determined to be 10:35 am.
We wish everyone a most joyous Dashain with all blessings, prosperity, and happiness!
Come and enjoy cultural performances, great food, stalls, and the beloved colored powder festival that follows Durga Temple’s Holi celebration on Saturday March 30 from 2-6 pm. See you there!
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Posted October 18, 2018. Filed under Festivals.
Wishing all of our family, friends, students, and collaborators a very beautiful Dashain Festival! May goddess Durga bless everyone with health, success, happiness, and love.
Posted October 21, 2017. Filed under Festivals.
Wishing all brothers and sisters a very happy, auspicious, and wonderful Bhai Tika! Sisters offer tika to their brothers and wish them a long life, health, and prosperity. In a special ceremony, they are garlanded and given sweets, walnuts, breads, and spices. The brothers, in turn, offer tika to their sisters and give them gifts. The festival is based on the legend of a sister saving her brother’s life from Yama, the god of death, and is so firmly rooted in Nepali tradition that even those without siblings take part in the festival with those they may consider as brothers or sisters.
(Pic via: trekkingnepalhimalaya.org)
Posted October 19, 2017. Filed under Festivals.
Wishing all a blessed and wonderful Tihar (Diwali)! Colorful lights, sweets, the worship of certain animals and birds, and the playing of deusi bhailo make up some of the unique and fascinating aspects of this traditional and eagerly awaited holiday in Nepal.
Posted September 30, 2016. Filed under Festivals.
People are celebrating Ghatasthapana with the planting of barley, rice, wheat, and corn seeds in a clay pot as part of a puja, or offering, in their homes. Sprouted seedlings are called jamara and will be offered as part of tika on Vijaya Dashami, or the main festival day, which occurs in ten days time. The auspicious time for planting seeds has been determined to be 8:35 am. Dashain is the greatest of all Nepali festivals and a time for families to come together. It represents the triumph of Good over Evil.
Posted March 6, 2016. Filed under Announcements.
Kathmandu is expecting over 1.1 devotees to throng Pashupatinath Temple on March 7, 2016 for Maha Shivaratri, one of the most important Hindu festivals, which celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with goddess Parvati. People observe a fast and perform six rituals for purification and to show their virtue. Vigils are held on the temple grounds, with classical music and bhajans being sung all through the night. Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance, tandav, which is considered to be the source of all creation and destruction, is also celebrated. Aum Namaha Shivaya!