Dashain Festival – History, Significance & Why we celebrate

The Nepali people celebrate the Dashain Festival, and they celebrate this festival in a very religious and traditional way. This festival is the most important festival of Nepali people and is a very big festival.

Therefore, at this festival, all the Nepalese people celebrate this festival with great love and enthusiasm all over Nepal.

All the Nepalese people of Dashain festival worship Maa Durga on this day and enjoy this festival with great devotion. The festival of Dashain is celebrated with great enthusiasm by the Buddhists, Hindus, Kirtas, and Ethnic people of Nepal.

According to the Nepalese annual calendar, the festival of Dashain falls in the Ashwin month (September – October) of Shukla Paksha and ends on the Purnima (Full moon day). This festival is the most important festival of the Nepalese people as well as the longest festival.

The festival of Dashain is celebrated for 15 days, of which the first, the seventh, the eighth, the ninth, the tenth, and the last, i.e., the 15th, are considered the most important and auspicious days.

During the Dashain festival, all school colleges and all the offices have holidays all over Nepal. During this festival, Nepal’s weather is very blissful, and the weather is very pleasant, especially in Nepal’s mountains. And the sky is also clearly visible in sky blue, which looks very beautiful.

At this festival, all the relatives meet the people of their house, and they celebrate this festival happily together.

There is also a recognition of this festival in Nepal that on this day, everyone celebrates this festival in their ancestral homes.

The festival of Dashain also brings a lot of happiness for the children; all the children have a lot of fun together with their siblings. On this day, they all wear new clothes, play many sports and eat good and delicious dishes and enjoy this festival very much.

Dashain Festival - History, Significance

History of Dashain Festival

There are many mythological stories behind the Dashain festival, the most prominent and famous of which is the victory of goodness over the evil of Maa Durga, and it also explains the reason for celebrating this festival by all Nepalis in Nepal.

According to this story, there was once a demon named Mahishasura. And this demon meditated hard to take a boon from Lord Brahma. Pleased with the austerity of Mahishasura, Lord Brahma appeared and asked him, what boon you want from me?

Then he took the boon from Bhagwan Brahma that no man could kill him. After receiving this boon, the demon Mahisasura attacked with his army in the three worlds of the universe and disturbed all the deities.

Troubled by all this, all the gods went to the lord of the three worlds (Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva) and prayed that Please end this demon.

Then Lord Brahma asked to create a woman, and a goddess was created by combining the powers of all the gods and goddesses. Those who were called Maa Durga, who had the power of all God.

And Mother Durga sat on the lion, and then Mother Durga fought Mahishasura in its nine forms. And finally, on the tenth day, Mahishasura was killed by Goddess Durga, and good triumphs over evil. Therefore, nine forms of Goddess Durga are worshiped on this festival, celebrated for 15 days.

And another mythological story is also to celebrate this festival that on this day Lord Rama killed Ravana. Therefore, this day is celebrated as a victory of good over evil in Hindu culture throughout India. Therefore, this festival is celebrated with great happiness and enthusiasm by Hindus all over India.

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Significance of Dashain Festival

The Dashain festival’s importance is very high in Nepal, and these 15 days are also considered very auspicious. From several days ago, the festivities of this festival started in all the houses with great enthusiasm.

The importance of this festival also taught us that in the end, good always triumphs over evil. And it is also celebrated with great enthusiasm by all Hindus all over Nepal and also throughout India. All Hindus celebrate this festival traditionally and culturally.

The Dashain festival is also considered to be very dawn in Nepal, and all 15 days are celebrated with a full heart. At this time, all Nepalese people also desire to start a new job or start a new life. It is considered very auspicious.

On the Dashain festival, everybody in Nepal does ‘Teeka’  on this day, and all the elders do ‘Teeka’ to their little ones and give many blessings. This part of this festival is very important and attractive. This festival brings great happiness and blessings to all.

Why is the Dashain Festival celebrated? 

According to the theology of all Hindus in Nepal, Goddess Durga fought with a demon named Mahishasura for the first nine days in different forms on each day and finally ended that demon on the tenth day, and good triumphs over its evil. The celebration of this victory is celebrated even today as the Dashain festival with great enthusiasm and joy.

Therefore, Maa Durga is worshiped on this day, and this festival is celebrated with full devotion and enthusiasm.

On this festival day, all Hindus believe that Lord Rama killed Ravana on this day and Freed the whole of Lanka from Ravana’s evil. Good triumphs over evil. That’s why all over India, this festival is celebrated as the victory of good over evil.

Along with the worship of Goddess Durga, there are many other legislations throughout Nepal, which increase the enthusiasm of this festival in the people. There are many events in this festival in many traditional ways. And all the people come together and eat healthy food with their elders, wear new clothes, hug each other and meet with lots of people at this festival. And share lots of wishes with each other.

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