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Global Dashain Celebrations: Important Dashain Sait 2021 - Dashain.com.au

It’s Dashain season, the biggest Festival time

Autumn is in full bloom as the rainy season clouds change into flawless blue skies. As the festive season draws near, it gets marked by crisp air, warm weather, and colourful dragonflies. Religion, celebration, and rituals are significant in Nepal during the autumn festival season. However, a pandemic may mean that people will not be able to hold their ceremonies this year within their homes. COVID-19 has caused an increase in cases, so it has become increasingly difficult to observe Dashain season and celebrations that involve social gatherings, such as Teej and Indra Jatra. In 2021, what will be the grand celebration of the Dashain festival? Dashain festivals are not instances of mass gatherings, travelling, and visiting relatives across numerous places. Family members stay in the house to celebrate and enjoy festivals. 

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Dashain festival 2021: Lockdown and celebration - Dashain.com.au

Dashain festival 2021: Lockdown and celebration

In Nepal, Dashain is the most celebrated festival. Before the celebration is in full swing, there is the monsoon season heat, high humidity, heavy evening clouds, torrential rain, thick green foliage, deep puddles, long thick grasses, and the unmistakable smell of moist soil. The rain that falls between June and …

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Where are the small Dashains if this Dashain is the "Bada Dashain" - Dashain.com.au

Where are the small Dashains if this Dashain is the “Bada Dashain”

Nepal's most fantastic festival, Bada Dashain, will eventually get over after celebrating two weeks during October 2021. The name is derived from Bada (Hindi for 'big'), suggesting some other 'smaller' Dashain. Are they still there? It is claimed that Nepal used to celebrate four Dashins a year in the past. As part of Chaitra (March/April), the eighth day of the waxing moon (Shukla Paksha) is celebrated as Chaite Dashain. As a festival, it is less significant than Badadashain. Additionally, two other Navaratras no longer exist, and most people have no idea about their existence. The observance of tantra is more widespread among some strict priests today, but 'once upon a time stories' have dominated ordinary people. In medieval Nepal, the cultural experts point out that people also celebrated Navaratras in the Shukla Pakshas in Ashadh (June/July) and Magh (January/February) as Summer and Winter Navaratras. Despite the same deities worshipped on each Dashain each year, both have their significance. However, there were different rituals and traditions before.

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Dashain festival 2021: Lockdown and celebration - Dashain.com.au

All about Maha Asthami you must need to know in Dashain

During the Dashain celebrations, Durga Ashtami is celebrated on the eighth day. As part of Durga Puja, Durgashtami is also known as Maha Ashtami, and many people fast on this day. In 2021, Durga Ashtami falls on October 13. On the day, Goddess Durga's weapons are worshipped, and it is called Astra Puja. As a result of displays using arms and martial arts, the day is called Virashtami. One of the most essential days in Hinduism is dedicated to Goddess worship. Certain areas believe that Chamunda brought an end to Chanda, Munda, and Rakthabija (the three demons associated with Mahishasura) on this day. At Durga Puja, Mahashtami, Yoginis and Ashta Shaktis (the eight ferocious forms of Goddess Durga) are worshipped. It is understood that Ashta Sati, or the Eight Shaktis, vary according to the regions in South Asia. All eight goddesses are incarnations of Shakti. Despite representing different energies, these Divine Feminines are one powerful presence. When Durga Puja is performed, Ashta Shakti is worshipped as Brahmani, Maheswari, Kaumari, Vaishnavi, Varahi, Narasinghi, Indrani, and Chamunda. 

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Why Maha Navami is an integral part of the Dashain festival - Dashain.com.au

Why Maha Navami is an integral part of the Dashain festival?

Hindus worldwide celebrate Maha Navami as one of the most important and most popular festivals of Dashain. As a result of its popularity, it is even known as the "Mother of All Festivals" in Nepal. The festival is also widely celebrated in India and other countries in South Asia. Durga Puja, Dashain and Navratri are the other names associated with Dashain. Dashain is a fifteen-day festival in Nepal. Ghatasthapana marks the beginning of the festival and Purnima, the end of the festival. The Dashain festival lasts for 15 days every year, usually in September or October. Based on the Nepali calendar, last year's celebration began on the 1st of Kartik and ended on the 15th of Kartik 2077 BS. The celebration of Dashain was on October 17th, 2020, according to the English Calendar. The festival lasts 15 days, and each day reflects the specific strict reason for celebration. It is believed that Dashain is the most significant Hindu celebration and respect for goddess Durga and the triumph of good over evil.

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Dashain Fulpati - what do Nepalese do on the seventh day - Dashain.com.au

Dashain Fulpati – what do Nepalese do on the seventh day? 

The festival of Dashain isn't just about having fun. Several features and importance are associated with it. In society, there are social factors that bind us together. There is a religious significance to the carving, which conveys the message that power and truth prevail. Consequently, everything from apparel to food is in high demand. Distant relatives come together for a family reunion and to seek blessings from the elder. Harmony is the theme of Dashain. The festival is about unity. Overall, it's part of who we are.

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Ghatasthapana - the first day of Dashain for Jamara Planting - Dashain.com.au

Ghatasthapana – the first day of Dashain for Jamara Planting 

Gatasthapana is the beginning of Vijaya Dashami. A ghadha is a pot or container, and a sthapana is to set up. The meaning of establishing a pot is the literal combination of these words. According to the Hindu calendar, Ghatasthapana falls on the first full moon of Ashwin month (the bright day before the full moon of the next month). The Kalash (holy water vessel) symbolic of Goddess Durga gets placed in the prayer room (pooja). Either clay or metal gets used to make the pot. The Kalash is filled with holy water, covered with cow dung (dung), and sprinkled with seeds as part of the decoration process.  Jamara gets planted by spreading sand from the river bank around the center, making it a focal point. The sand surrounding the Kalash gets covered in barley seed and sesame. Pundits (priests) select an opportune moment to start the Ghatasthapana.  A priest chants a welcome mantra requesting the blessings of goddess Durga on Kalash for ten days of repose. The Ghata gets offered food items, abir, kumkum, and other colorful powders and flowers. For ten days, the mantra written in Chandi (the text of Chandi) gets recited in the room of goddess Durga Bhawani.

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