Holi| The Color Festival in Nepal
Holi is one of the popular Hindu festivals of Nepal celebrated in the month of Feb/March on full Moon day. Holi the festival of colors is celebrated with full of different colors, water, Music and dance. Mostly, Hindu people celebrate in Nepal, India. People put color in face each other as token of love, harmony and friendship.
Holi the festival of colors is one of the most enjoyable festival in Nepal and India. The color gives the positive vibration of brotherhood, peace, joy and wisdom. It is government holiday too where all Hindu people participate to celebrate it.
People started to celebrate this festival after the death of HOLIKA. Prahlad, who is the son of demon king was an devotee of Lord Vishnu. He disobeyed the orders of his evil father not to offer prayeers to God Vishnu. To teach his son a lesson, he thought the assistance of his sister, Holika to kill Prahlad. Holika sit on a bonfire with prahalad but the fire burnt only for Holika and pralahad remained unaffected.
Nowadays in Kathmandu, young people walk in the street pasting different color in the face. They also produce music and dance in public places by making color each other and say “Happy Holi”. In southern part of Nepal, people celebrate holi the next day having same ritual.
Holi the festival of colors is also welcoming of spring and summer. It is also the time to get blessing of God for coming harvests and fertility of the land. Happy holi to all!!
Vijaya Dashami| Dashain (Popular Festival in Nepal)
Without a doubt, Dashain (Vijaya Dashami) is the biggest and famous Hindu festival. In Nepal 80% people celebrate this festival in the month of October and November beginning from the bright lunar fortnight and ending in the day of full moon. This festival is fifteen days long and most important days are 1st 7th 8th 9th and 10th.
Dashain (Vijaya Dashami) signifies victory of goddesses over demons. This festival also represents victory of good deeds over the evil. Goddess Durga defeated Mahisashur in this day. As the symbol of power, victory and divine mother people worships her. This festival also symbolize truth, justice, virtue, good deeds prevail over deception, injustice and wickedness. Ghatasthapana is the first day of Dashain festival. It is the first day of bright half of the lunar calendar in the month of October. In this day, people fill the Kalash with holy water and barley or corn seeds in the kalash which is kept in the corner away from the sunlight. Seeds are grown five or six inches long yellow grass. This grass is also known as Jamara.
It is the seventh day of Dashain festival. Brings fulpati Jamara, flowers, red tika, and some other things from Gorkha district to Kathmandu after walking three day which is 179 km far from Kathmandu and practice parade in Kathmandu. The president/prime minister and other high official members observe the parade and fulpati is taken to Hanuman Dhoka royal palace.
It is the eighth day of Dashain festival. In this day Hindu people sacrifices hundred of goats, buffaloes, and ducks to goddess Durga. Durga need blood and blood is the symbol for its fertility. The night of this day is also popular as Kal Ratri(black night). The old palace in Basantapur Hanuman Dhoka opens throughout the whole night and sacrifices in every all courtyard. In this midnight they sacrifices 54 goats and 54 buffaloes.
It is the ninth day of Dashain festival. This day is the last day of Navaratri. In this day people also sacrifices goats, docks and buffaloes. Normally, people worship to the things such as cars, motorbikes, buses, machines, factories. The Traders, craftsman, mechanics worship to their tools, equipment’s and vehicles. In this day, Taleju temple in Hanuman Dhoka opens where devotees can go and pray to goddess Taleju.
Finally, The tenth day of this festival is “Vijaya Dashami”. This is the most important day of the festival. In this day, Hindu people of Nepal mixes rice, yogurt, vermilion powder and they put Tika on the forehead which is the symbol of long live, good life, good work, successful, peace and wisdom. Normally, father and mother put tika and jamara to their son, daughters, and relatives. And sons, daughters give small amount of money to their parents as a “Dakshina”. This system continues till full moon day in which period, families and relatives visit each other. Apart from this, Playing cards, flying kites, bamboo swings, buying things, wearing clothes, eating meat and different other celebration are the main features of Dashain festival.