Bijaya Dashami : Celebrating festival with Joy and Togetherness

19th Oct, 2018 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: The tenth day of the festival is known as “Dashami” or “Bada Dashian”. On this day, a mixture of riceyogurt and vermilion is prepared. This preparation is known as "Tika". Tika is also regarded as blessing that we take from the elders of our family. Elders put this Tika and Jamara which is sown in the Ghatasthapana on the forehead of younger relatives to bless them with abundance in the upcoming years. The red also symbolizes the blood that ties the family together. Elders give "Dakshina", or a small amount of money, to younger relatives at this time along with the blessings.

This continues to be observed for five days till the full moon night during which the families and relatives visit each other to exchange gifts and greetings. This ritual of taking Tika from all the elder relatives (even the distant relatives) helps in the renewal of the community ties greatly. This is one reason why the festival is celebrated with so much vigor and enthusiasm.