Dashain Festival in 2021

Dashain Festival in 2021

One of the most observed Hindu celebrations: Dashain festival, Hindu from all across the country celebrate this festival superbly. The festival falls in autumn (September or October) and goes on for ten days. And every single day signifies a particular religious purpose. This year, the Dashain festival starts from 7 October to 15 October 2021 as per the English calendar.

And according to the Nepali calendar, the festival falls from 21 Ashwin to 29 Ashwin 2078 BS. Hindu’s most prominent celebration, Dashain, respects the divine beings’ incredible triumph over the shrewd evil spirits. In the Nepalese household, the whole family gathers together and celebrates this festival. Extended families gather together and celebrate the gathering with the feast prepared at the House. Overall, it is a perfect time for families who have not met each other for months to reconnect once again.

Why is the Dashain festival celebrated?

According to Hindu mythology, the Dashain festival is a way of acknowledging triumph over an evil spirit. The festival came to light when goddess Durga won a fight against an evil-spirited demon named “Mahisasur” who spread horror and terror. The Goddess Durga killed this demon in a war that lasted for multiple days. Her win over the devil also signifies that evil cannot win, and it always comes to cease.

The initial nine days show the constant battle between evil and temperance. And after the continuous battle between vice and virtue for nine days, goddess Durga finally won the demon and evil spirits. Besides that grand triumph of Goddess Durga, the festival also acknowledges God Ram’s victory over the devil Ravan with Goddess Durga’s blessing.

Therefore, due to its significant meaning, Hindus from all over the world celebrate this festival grandly. Also, it is a celebration of truth, always getting victory over sin and deceits.

How do people celebrate Dashain for ten days?

As mentioned earlier, the Dashain festival takes place for ten days. The first day of Dashain falls on 7 October 2021 and is Ghatasthapana. On this day, every household plant Jamara, an essential element for the tika ceremony, occurs on the 10th day of the festival. Jamara is grown by sowing maize and grain seeds in a small mud pot.

Furthermore, until Saptami, which translates as the seventh day in Sanskrit, is Phulpati, individuals travel to their hometowns. By Phulpati, pretty much every individual from the family will accumulate at their home. Followed by Saptami is Maha Ashtami. It is eight-day, and people perform various rituals. As an offering to Goddess Kali, people perform rites and rituals using Ash Gourd. It is a vegetable grown in the garden and is called Kubhindo in Nepali.

Following Asthami is Maha Navami, which is the ninth day. On Navami, people worship their iron equipment and tools as well as automobiles by doing pujas. And last day, the 10th day is called Vijaya Dashami, from which the name Dashain originated. The family gathers and takes blessing and Tika (a mixture of rice, yogurt, and red color powder) and the jamara (planted on the 1st day) from the family’s senior members.

Why is Dashain such a grand festival to Nepalese?

Dashain is a grand and favorite festival for all age groups of people. This celebration makes an opportunity to meet their separated family and family members they had not seen or met for quite a while.

People working away from their home or nation travel to their hometowns to celebrate their families and companions’ festivities. Additionally, families buy new clothes for their children. And Children particularly love this festival since they get close to 30 days of vacation, eat delicious food, meet their cousins, and wear new garments. The majority of all, they get cash, a type of gift and blessing and known as Dakshina, from the family’s senior members. Families assemble and set up a fantastic gala, and some take part in playing games. Also, huge bamboo swings are made in the communities to play. People fly kites making the sky full of kites and colorful.

When is Dashain Festival in 2021?

This year, the primary day of Dashain Festival – Ghatasthapana falls on 7 October, the seventh-day Pulpati will on 12 October. Asthami is on 13 October and Nawami on 14 October, and Dashami on 15 October, respectively. Furthermore, for five additional days till 20 October, Kojagrat Purnima, this festival is celebrated. Till Kojagrat Purnima, relatives and extended family members visit each other’s houses to put Tika and receive blessing from their relatives.

Considering sharing on the celebration, Nepal Hiking Team couldn’t want anything more than to invite you during this happy season. You will get the chance to appreciate the boulevards of Kathmandu and see sparkle according to local people under the foundation of dazzling cultural etiquettes of Nepal.

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Balaram Thapa

Balaram Thapa, an executive director at Nepal Hiking Team had a long journey before making NHT one of the revolutionary tour operators in this competitive field of Tourism. He finished his Bachelor’s degree in Travel and Tourism from Tribhuwan University in the year 2000.

He started his career as a trekking support staff in 1998 and gradually earned a status of trekking leader. He has trekked several trekking routes such as Annapurna, Manaslu, Langtang, Everest, Kanchenjunga, Mustang, Makalu, etc. Thus has immense knowledge about the trekking routes of Nepal. Alongside this, he has also organized several tours to Bhutan and Tibet as a tour guide. He has traveled to Germany, France, Switzerland, Poland, Italy promoting Nepal’s tourism.

After earning lots of experience in this field, he wanted to explore his own business ideology. He along with his brother- Ganga Raj Thapa start their own company, Nepal Hiking Team in 2009. He is friendly and works side by side with the staff inspiring and motivating them. He is an expert travel consultant and handles all the concerns of travelers regarding their trip. He inspires people to travel new and unique destinations and implement the same ideology on himself as well.

He started his journey 22 years ago and has immense experience in this field. His passion for traveling has made his 22 years of working journey, a precious phase of his life. And he plans to continue doing this and add more years in it.

COMMENTS(38)

  1. Dechan tamng

    Tts so good

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  2. Satya Joshi

    Yes, absolutely, Dashain is one of the longest and amazing festival of Nepal;

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  3. Aroj Bhandari

    Rgg

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  4. Niraj khdka

    It is very good essay but long too. Thanks for helping us

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  5. Lawrancia

    Please write this in Nepali

    And thank you I translate all of this

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  6. xeetri choro

    nice and thank you

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  7. Qureen Bhandari

    Nice

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  8. Prayash karki

    Good
    Nice well done bro

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  9. Aarti Bhandari

    Amazing Thank you. It really helps

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  10. Ricky

    Please change the title to “Nepali” festival instead of Hindu as not only Hindus celebrate it today, we have Buddhists, Kirats and some others groups who celebrate it for the sake of Nepal.

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  11. Reetu dhakal

    Thanks for helping me in my homework

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  12. Ujal

    Thank you

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  13. Kalash Regmi

    Thanks for the essay,I like dashain so much.

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  14. Lhakpa

    Please translate in nepali

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    1. Nepal Hiking Team

      No thanks.

  15. Sadikshya Dhakal

    ‘Dashain’ the word itself reflects a thrilling festival

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  16. Xtra some

    Nice and thank you it help me on my work

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  17. Raju

    Nice

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  18. Subihav fun channel

    So nice paragraph I LOVE IT

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  19. prishnasharma

    Its very nice and long essay thanks for helping me but it would me more better if you had included scientific importance of dashain as well

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    1. Nepal Hiking Team

      We are glad to be of your help.

  20. manish tamang

    if you can then you can make animation movie of dashain . so, that school/colleges students can get knowledges and they can write easily in exam

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  21. Aayush

    Thanks for help me

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  22. Aniket Regmi

    Thanks for helping me for my homework!

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  23. Milan paudel

    It cool

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  24. Ana Matos

    Thank you for sharing the information. Real life experiences are always richer.

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  25. Aayush

    Thank’s for the help

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  26. Aayush

    Thank’s for the help it help me so much in my project

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  27. mrs gamer

    nice i had get more points from above paragraph thanks alot ones again

    Reply
  28. Prabhash

    It feels nostalgic when you are away from your home and listens to Dashain songs during the festival. Missin home

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  29. FEARLESS

    too long write in about 200 or 250 word

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    1. Nepal Hiking Team

      Why we don’t.

  30. FEARLESS

    write short

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    1. Nepal Hiking Team

      Why?

  31. Shankar kun₩ar

    Thanks for the beautiful essay ☺

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  32. $h@nk@r々kun₩ar

    Thanks for this essay

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  33. Sabitri phuyal

    Thank you for this essay.I need this essat for my school project

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  34. alina

    Nice, very interesting blog. Thank you for your covering it.

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