Trees Dancing for you – “बडा दशैंको शुभकामना !”


Look Outside…
It’s so pleasant!
Sun Smiling For you…
Trees Dancing for you…
Birds singing for you…
Because I requested them All to wish You. HAPPY DASHAIN

Well, It is the only quote I could find and understand for this 15 day festival in Nepal called Dashain.  Dashain (Nepali: दशैं)   Dashain is celebrated for approximately 15 days and involves prayers (pujas), food offerings, holy bathing, blessings through coconut oil and the sacrifice of thousands of animals including several hundred thousand goats, chickens, buffaloes, ducks and pigeons by almost every Hindu household in order to appease the goddess and hope it will bring good luck and festivity.

There is a movement towards ending the sacrifice of animals for this festival and the numbers have actually dropped over the past few years.  However, it is a cultural event that still continues and I was able to attend one such happening at the start of this festival.  This particular sacrifice was a puja for automobiles and safe driving.

It was an interesting experience.  I was not bothered so much by the slaughter of the goats because after the puja the goats were used to actually feed families.  Nothing went to waste and people felt safer driving.

Along with the puja I was able to walk through the city which was nearly empty according to the locals.  Apparently during the festival most people travel back to their local villages to visit their families.  At the time I walked through the city over 2 million people had already headed home.  I am including some photos from the day from sacrifices to parades I hope you enjoy.

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8 thoughts on “Trees Dancing for you – “बडा दशैंको शुभकामना !”

    • It was pretty graphic to say the least. I had to walk away for the 2nd one. There is an effort to stop the sacrifices. The positive side is the meat is actually used to feed families so it doesn’t go to waste. I’ve been in countries where it is all only about the sacrifice.. so that is something.

  1. A well captured photo essay of the festival. Those guards look very serious with riot shields and guns. Is there any danger of riots? Every one looks so peaceful and oh my if 2,000,000 people had left town I cannot imagine how you would get around if they all stayed for the festival…

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