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Dashain

Happy Dashain. Dashain is the longest and the most important festival of Nepal. Generally Dashain falls in late September to mid October, right after the monsoon season in Nepal. Dashain gets many different nick names: Dasara, Bada Dashain, Vijaya Dashain, Durga Puja, all of which mean the same thing: Dashain, a day of Victory over Demons.

According to the legend, the bloodthirsty Goddess, Durga conquered evils on the Dashain day. Huge amounts of animal sacrifices take place during the festival in temples and in home to please the Goddess Durga. Much to the dislike of many non Hindu people.

The final day of the festival is known as ‘Tika’, a day on which the elder ones give ‘Tika’ to the younger ones and to other relatives who come for their houses for blessings. This happens during a simple but always beautiful ritual.

Dashain is big in Nepal because of many things: