Category: Dashain Festival

Taleju TempleThe Dashain festival is a 15-day (and therewith the longest) national festival in Nepal.

Dashain is the most auspicious festival celebrated by Nepalese of all castes and walks of life throughout the globe.
The festival starts on the day of new moon in the month Asoj (September or October). This day is called Ghatasthapana.
Dashain is the festival of family gatherings, as well as on a renewal of community ties. Nepalis return to their homes/hometowns from all parts of the country as well as the rest of the world to celebrate the festival together and receive tika on the day of Vijaya Dashami.

In 2017 Ghatasthapana will be on September 21 and Vijaya Dashami will be celebrated on September 30.

Dashain Swing

People having fun with a swing (Ping) along the banks of the Vishnumati River in Kathmandu

Swing, Dashain

 

Children playing with a Dashain swing near a village along the road from Nagarkot to Sankhu in Kathmandu valley.

swing or ping

Bamboo swings are constructed in many parts of Nepal as a way of celebration. They are called ‘ping’ in Nepali.
A ping will be constructed a week before Ghatasthapana and dismantled after the festival of Tihar. They are especially famous with children, but adults are also seen playing on the swings.