The biggest festival in Nepal, Dashain, is celebrated for a long time. Navaratri starts on Ghatasthapana and runs for nine days to Dashain Tika. Tika also extends to 5 more days to visit places and receive Dashain Tika. Because of this flexibility, actor Rajesh Hamal waits a day before he starts taking Dashain Tika. That is because his mother had died on Dashain Tika and he performs the traditional Hindu rituals on the day, Shradha, and don’t take tika.
Although, some people believe that, one can take Tika after the traditional rituals, Rajesh prefers to wait a day to take Tika.
In the past years, Rajesh used to go to the USA to celebrate Dashain and Tihar with his sisters. This year, because of NRN conference in Kathmandu his sister and her husband, Khagendra Chhetri, were in Kathmandu. He received tika from Khagendra and his mother’s maternal aunt.