Dashain and Tihar

Dashain and Tihar stand as the grandest festivals in Nepal. The primary and most renowned festivals in Nepal comprise Dashain and Tihar. Dashain commemorates Goddess Durga’s triumph over the evil Mahishasura in Hindu mythology, while Tihar is a festival of lights and colors dedicated to Goddess Laxmi, the deity associated with wealth and prosperity. Although these festivals have religious roots, their symbolic significance is deeply ingrained in Nepalese society. Despite varying religious beliefs, individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds come together to celebrate Dashain and Tihar with equal joy and enthusiasm. Both festivals occur during the autumn season and extend as the longest festival holiday.

Dashain spans 15 days, during which Nepalese people engage in familial gatherings, indulge in delicious meals, and receive Tika and blessings from their elders. Following the conclusion of Dashain, Tihar, the festival of lights and flowers, unfolds over five days. This festival includes a day dedicated to honoring dogs for their loyalty, with people offering garlands and nutritious food to these animals. Moreover, the final day of Tihar, known as Bhaitika, celebrates the special bond between brothers and sisters.