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Learn more about Vijaya Dashami and Tihar...
...
the major two festival in Nepal

Dashain:
Dashain, the longest and most favorite festival right after the monsoon is a time for  shopping, eating and socializing with friends and family. Its the time to visit your loved once no matter where they are. This time the sky is the clearest, the air is pure and a range of mountains are before your eyes. For many Nepalese, Dashain is a season to dress and eat well (specially goat's meat is considered a favorite dish ) According to the legend, the bloodthirsty Goddess, Durga conquered evils on the Dashain day. Huge amount of animal scarifies take place during the festival in temples and in home to please the Goddess Durga. 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 blessings.


Tihar:
Tihar or Dipawali or Laxmi Puja is a five days festival of worshiping to different animals such as crow, dog, and cow. The most important day of the festival is Laxmi Puja. Laxmi being the Goddess of wealth is worshiped in every households by means of Puja, Decoration and lights. On this day the entire village, town, city, and the nation becomes an illumination of lights. Fireworks and crackers
from individual households add joys and excitements to the festival.  On the final day, sisters give tika, and mala to brothers along with wishes for long life and prosperity. Brothers give gifts or money to the sisters. Those without a sister or brother  join the family of relatives or friends for tika. Sisters pray for their brothers long life to the Hindu God Yama, the God of Death.


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