Dashain is also called 'Bada Dashain' or ' Vijaya Dashami'. It is generally celebrated by the Hindus in the months of Ashwin or Kartik of Nepali year or October according to the lunar calendar.
Dashain is celebrated as the symbol of victory of virtue or truth over sin or falsity. According to Hindu Mythology, the Dashain festival has been celebrated since Lord Ram and Goddess Durga had gotten the victory over Ravan and demons respectively. Durga is worshipped as the goddess of strength.
Dashain festival is celebrated for fifteen days, but all days are not equally important. The first day is ' Ghatasthapana' on which people sow the seeds of barley, maize, wheat to use the seeding of these seeds and puts them in the dark corners to grow yellow. The seedlings are called 'Jamara'. The seventh day is ' Phoolpati '. On this day 'Goddess Durga' is worshipped. People bring various fruits and flowers to Durga Temples. The eighth day and ninth day are called "Maha Asthami " and "Maha Nawami " respectively. On this day People offer the sacrifice of different animals such as he-goats, he-buffaloes, etc.
The tenth and the most important day of Dashain is "Vijaya Dashami". All junior members receive 'Tika' on their foreheads from their elders and ' Jamara ' over their ears. On that day, elders bless them for their good health, prosperity, and long life. The last day to bid farewell Dashain is "Kojagrat Poornima".
During this festival, all offices, schools remain closed for at least ten days in Nepal. Those who are away from their home return back to celebrate this festival with their family. Everybody looks happy and the weather is pleasant, neither too cold nor too hot. People enjoy different delicious food, new clothes, swings(ping), etc. Especially, children are happiest because they are provided with new clothes and crisp notes when they receive Tika. Everybody in the family gathers together and share their experience. The festival offers us a chance to strengthen brotherhood, mutual co-operation, and good relations.
Dashain festival helps us to enhance our joy, but some people regard it as a competition by borrowing money. We must swallow the bone, according to our throat. It is also not good to sacrifice innocent animals during the festival in the name of goddess Durga. We must understand that goddess will not be satisfied by killing those creatures, but if we kill our evil thoughts and behaviors. Only after that, Dashain can be blissful for everyone.
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