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Dashain

Hindu festival of Nepal
The red Tika and Jamara
Father and mother putting tika on their children’s head during Dashain festival

Dashain is a festival of Nepal. It is celebrated by the Hindus in Nepal.[1] It is also celebrated by Nepali-Indian people who live in Sikkim, Assam and Darjeeling district of India. Lhotshampa people in Bhutan[2] and Burmese Gurkhas in Myanmar also celebrate this festival.

It is the longest festival in Bikram Sambat and Nepal Sambat yearly calendar. The festival is 15 days long and the first, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth and the fifteenth days are the most important days. It is regarded as the biggest and most important festival in Nepal.[1][3] It falls in the month of September or October (Ashwin or Kartik in Bikram Sambat calendar).[4] It starts from bright lunar fortnight of Ashwin and ends on Purnima (full moon day). This festival is the symbol of victory of good over evil.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Festivals of Nepal: Dashain". Nepal Home Page: Travel Guide. Archived from the original on May 11, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2008. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. "King of Bhutan Celebrated Dashain with Bhutanese people in Loggchina".
  3. Toffin, Gerrard (2007). The Mwahni (Dasai) Festival and the Caste System. Social Science Baha. p. 316. ISBN 978 99933 43 95 0.
  4. "Dashain Festival".