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