Dashain is the grandest, longest and most auspicious festival in Nepal. Dashain Festival falls on beteen Aswin and Kartik month of Nepali Calendar and September and October according to International calender. Dashain is celebrated by the whole country for the goddess Durgar’s victory over the demon Mahishasura. In addition to worship the Goddess Durga, Nepalis will hold celebrations for the fertility of the land and a year of good harvest. Meanwhile, Dasain has also emphasized the importance of family reunion, which is helpful to ease social contradictions. All the government agencies, educational institutions and other public sectors will be closed down during this festival period. Dashain is celebrated for 15 days all over the Nepal.
The Tika and Jamara of Dashain Fetival
The first day of Dashain is called Ghatasthapana on which “Kalash” or Ghada established as symbol of Goddess Durga and sowing of “Jamara” is done. For Jamara seeds of maize and barley are shown and grown on dark place so that color of seedling(Jamara) appear yellowish green. From sencond to ninth days Goddess Durga is worshiped. From Saptami to Nawami animals are sacrificed as Bali for Goddess Durga.
On Bijaya Dashami worshipping of goddess is ended and Tika-Jamara is served by senior to junior among family and relatives. This process continues opto Kojagrat Purnima. On Government level, Tika and Jamara from Gorkha is brought to Kathmandu by soldiers and worshiped on Kathmandu. On Kathmandu Tudikhel Fulpati Parade is demonstrated by Nepal Army.