A brief description of Dasain seems appropriate as I include photographs of my celebration of it at our program house in Balkot.
Dasain is a national, 15-day festival in Nepal that falls in autumn before rice is harvested. Somewhat like our own Thanksgiving, Dasain is a holiday for which family members will return home for gatherings and celebrations. Celebrations include visits to temples, animal sacrifices (particularly chickens and goats, which will then be eaten), and feasts. On the tenth day of Dasain, “Dashami,” women prepare a mixture of yogurt and rice, which is then used for tika – a blessing which the elders bestow on the foreheads of their younger relatives.