Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival of Nepal celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. This is the biggest festival in Nepal. You may take part in this festival. Nepali people are so welcoming and hospitable, they will be more than happy to welcome you at their house during the festival. You will see how Nepali people celebrate their biggest festival.
Day 1 (7th Oct): Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu and meet, assist and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of our representative from the company.
Day 2 (8th Oct): Fulpati Celebration in Kathmandu (B)
Today is Fulpati. Phool(Ful) means flower and pati means leaves and plants in Nepali. FulPati literally means flowers, leaves and plants.
The Fulpati is brought from Gorkha to Dhading district from where six Brahmins carried it to Jamal. From Jamal, the Fulpati filled with holy water, banana stalks, jamara and sugarcane tied with red cloth to be offered to Goddess Durga, is carried by Bhramans on a decorated palanquin under a gold tipped and embroidered umbrella to the Dashain Ghar in Hanuman Dhoka. The Gurujyu, the Nepal army, Nepal police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police and civil service, band music, and panchebaja bands also join the Fulpati parade. While the sacred items are being placed in Hanuman Dhoka palace, there is a majestic display of the Nepalese Army along with a celebratory firing of weapons that continues for ten to fifteen minutes honouring Fulpati. Army parade in Tundikhel is watched by the President, Prime Minister and other high level dignitaries in conventional formal dress.
After observing the Fulpati celebration in Kathmandu Durbar Square, start half day sightseeing in Pashupatinath Temple and Boudhanath Stupa.
Day 3 (9th Oct): Maha Astami Celebration in Kathmandu (B)
Hindus all over Nepal celebrate Maha Ashtami today, the eighth day of Dashain, by worshipping Goddess Durga. From ritualistic aspects, Maha Ashtami holds very important value. On this day, the fiercest embodiment of the Goddess is worshipped. Goddess Durga is believed to bestow peace, longevity and perpetual happiness on her devotees.
Today after breakfast start full day sightseeing tour in different Temple of Bhagawati in Kathmandu Valley including Bhadrakali, Kalikasthan, Guheswori, Mahankaal, Taleju Bhagwati, Daskshinkali, Sankata Shova Bhagwati and Naxal Bhagwati. Today prayers sacrifice animals like goats and ducks from the morning. Blood, symbolic for its fertility, is offered to the Goddesses.
Evening we take a visit to Dashainghar at Hanuman Dhoka. Sacrifices and special offerings are made at Dashainghars and Kots as well. The old palace in Basantapur Hanuman Dhoka, is active throughout the night with worships and sacrifices in almost every courtyard. In Dasain Ghar at midnight, a total of 54 buffaloes and 54 goats are sacrificed in observance of the rites. After the offering of the blood, the meat is taken home and cooked as “prasad”, or food blessed by divinity. This food is offered, in tiny leaf plates, to the household Gods, and then distributed amongst the family. Eating this food is thought to be auspicious. Appropriately enough, the night of this day is called Kal Ratri (Black Night).
In Newari culture, we eat Kuchi Bhwey to mark this day.
Day 4 (10th Oct): Maha Nawami Celebration & Sightseeing in goddess temples (B)
Today is Nawami (Ninth) day, a day before the Vijaya Dashami. Sacrifices continue throughout Nawami in Nepal. Today god Vishwa Karma, the God of creativity is worshiped. All artisans, craftsmen, tradesmen worship their tools, equipment and vehicles like cars, bikes, trucks etc. for protection against accidents during the year. Animals are also sacrificed to cars, trucks etc. to get the blessing from goddess Durga for protection for vehicles and their occupants against accidents during the year.
The Taleju temple at Hanuman Dhoka is opened for the public only once a year on this day. Thousands of people go and pay their respect to the goddess. Temples of the goddess are filled with people from dawn till dusk. There are local processions – local bands play music and a feast is organized – in the Taleju Bhawani Temple in Hanuman Dhoka Palace premises.
Today also the official military sacrifices are held in the ‘Kot’ courtyard at Hanuman Dhoka. The government allows foreigners to witness this function so hundreds of tourists and diplomats eagerly gather here.
Kumari, the living goddess, also blesses the public on this day from her residence at Kumari Bahal.
Day 5 (11th Oct): Bijaya Dashami Celebration in Kathmandu (B)
The tenth day of Dashain is called ‘Dashami’. It is also known as Vijaya Dashami and it was the day Goddess Durga was victorious over the demons. It was also the day Lord Rama won the war with the demon king, Ravana, supposedly through the Durga’s blessing. The day is, hence, symbolic of good triumphing over evil. It is on this day that the jamara is finally utilized; the elders put tika (a mixture of rice, yogurt and vermilion) and Jamara on the forehead of younger relatives to bless them with abundance in the upcoming years. The red Tika also symbolizes the blood that ties the family together.
Today Celebrate the Vijaya Dahami with the local villagers visiting their home, putting the tika and Jamara from them and enjoy the feast with them.
Day 6 (12th Oct): Departure
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.