The MahaNayak, Rajesh Hamal, delays the Dashain Tika by a day because his mother died on the Vijaya Dashami day. He remembers his mothers, performs Shradha puja and mourns on the 10th day of the festival. While all others enjoy and celebrate, Hamal doesn’t celebrate because, his mother suffered from depression.
He didn’t know his mother was depressed when she fell ill after the untimely death of his father. Hamal’s father Chura Bahadur Hamal was the ambassador of Pakistan. On the day he submitted his appointment letter, Hamal died of heart attack. After the sad incident, his wife went into a long mourning. She didn’t recover after that. Rajesh Hamal remembers, his mother going through tough time and smoking a lot.
At that time, the family members didn’t know that she could have been cured by medical doctors. Later Hamal realized it and told it was their lack of knowledge he lost his mother (watch the following video to see Hamal speak about the incident).
Rajesh Hamal’s parents were love birds who fell in love while travelling in a train in India. That was a very long time ago. They were deeply in love for each other for as long as they lived. I had also prepared a love story video of the two (the video was very popular among my viewers).
Actress Ashika Tamang – the actress of ‘Sushree’, the Nepali actress who lives in Germany, has sent a tearful message. In the message to go vegetarian in Dashain, Tamang has told that they have their families and who should be mindful for the pain we might cause to their families when we eat meat.
Although Ashika Tamang is very serious in her message delivery. She is full of tears and at one point she couldn’t speak because of the pain she is feeling – a lot of viewers of her message took her message with a grain of salt. Some even found it funny.
Watch the following video and decide for yourself:
Dashain is just around the corner and I am already in Dashain mood. I have started listening to Dashain songs whenever I can. I have also made a playlist of 10 Dashain songs for myself. Then, I thought it would be a good idea if I share the list to others who might be looking to listen to Dashain songs.
I have prepared a video report on my selection of songs – broadly categorized in three parts:
1. Feel Good Dashain songs
2. Dashain problem songs
3. Sad Dashain songs
Watch the video report before I list all the 10 songs:
Feel Good Dashain Songs
These are the songs I listen to mostly. They are fun filled and entertaining. They talk about how great Dashain is and how we should enjoy our time. The fun filled songs include that from the movie ‘Muglan’. The song tiled ‘Dashain Aayo’ is feel-good song:
A little late but, I have kept up with the tradition of sharing Dashain photos of Nepali celebrities. Highlights of this year’s dashain starting with Bhuwn KC offering tika to Anmol KC :
Prachanda celebrated Dashain after 22 years. (Read more here) That was not all, his party also joined with CPN UML to participate in the election. It all sums up to his desire to get into power by giving up his hardcore stance.
Karishma’s daughter, Kabita Manandhar, was in Nepal for Dashain from USA. Actress Jharana Thapa’s daughter Suhani had also arrived in Nepal from the USA. Actress Priyanka Karki celebrated dashain with her sweetheart, Ayushman Desraj Shrestha. While Ayushman celebrated with Priyanka, his ex-girlfriend Paramita RL Rana celebrated Dashain alone. Continue reading
The CPN Maoist chief, Puspa Kamal Dahal, Prachanda celebrated Dashain for the first time in 22 years. He took Dashain tika in his residence in Lazimpat. He also offered tika to his wife, Sita Dahal. Sita offered tika to her children, grand children and other relatives. According to the son of Prachanda, Prakash Dahal, Prachanda took tika from his mother’s maternal uncle.
Prakash wrote in his Facebook – “More than a religious festival, Dashain is an opportunity to meet the relatives, social gathering.” He adds, “We respect Dashain as much as we respect religion.”
Like the previous years, Prachanda however didn’t offer tika to anybody else expect his wife, Sita Dahal. Prakash said, “Like previous years, dad didn’t offer us the tika. We took tika from the mom’s hand. In the previous Dashain, we used to take tika from mom.”
Why now, what changed Prachanda?
Prachanda used to advocate against Dasain festival being a religious event, not good for the low income and low caste Nepali people. After starting civil war and making himself one of the most powerful person in the country, he has changed his stance on the celebration. Why is that? Why did Prachanda back up after more than two decades of not celebrating Dashain?
The biggest festival of Nepal, Dashain, has started on September 21, 2017. The first day of Dashain, Ghatasthapana is celebrated by Nepali all over the world. The 10-days worship of Goddess Durga has started in various temples and at homes in Nepal.
Let me go through the the major festive days of Dashain:
Day 1 – Ghatasthapana
The first day of Dashain starts with placing a water pot (Kalash) that symbolizes goddess Durga. The Kalash is filled with holy water and is covered with cow dung with some barley seeds added to it.
On the day, barley seeds are used to plant Jamara (wheatgrass). The plantation is done according to Hindu rituals and worshiping. Astrologers determine a specefic auspicious time to perform the ritual. It is believed that the goddess resides in the vessel (Kalash) during navratri.
The room where the ritual is performed is known as the Dashain Ghar where outsiders and women are not allowed, traditionally. In the past, it was a custom of a male family member, usually the head of the house, to worships the Kalash twice every day, once in the morning and then in the evening. But, these days, the discrimination has been ended and women are also allowed to perform the puja of the woman goddess, Durga. The Jamara plantation is kept in dark and holy water is offered every day to the seeds. By the tenth day the seed will grown to five to six inches long. The grass kept in total dark are yellow and is considered a sacred grass used with Tika on the 10th day of the festival.
Schools and colleges close for the festival starting Ghatasthapana.
UPDATE: Dashain has finished today. I collected 100s of photos of celebrities. But, posting them in the page would not be that much interesting to the most of the site visitors. So, I collected the photos of 40+ Nepali actress celebrating Dashain this year and prepared a video (I deleted the video – nobody watched it).
I also prepared a video about the fist Dashain of two Miss Nepal sons. In addition to the sons of Jharana Bajracharya and Malvika Subba, the daughter of actress Richa Ghimire also celebrated her Dashain for the first time in her life.
Actress Sweta Khadka has celebrated Dashain after two years. Before going to her parent’s home, Shweta had taken Dashain tika at her home (Shree Krishna’s home). She took Dashain Tika from her parents for the first time after the death of her husband, actor Shree Krishna Shrestha in 2014. Shweta’s 93-years-old father gave blessing to his daughter, ‘Always be strong, go forward and don’t ever bow low to others’.
In 2014 Shweta didn’t celebrate Dashain because of the death of Shree Krishna and in 2015 because of the death of Shree Krishna’s mother she didn’t take Dashain Tika.
Dashain 2016 has already started on October 1, 2016. Although the schools and colleges have already closed for the festivals, the job holders have to wait a couple of days, until Friday for the holidays to start. Saturday – October 8 is Fulpati the seventh day of Dashain. After Fulpati, most of the offices will be closed till October 12, the last day of Dashain.
Being the biggest festival with longest holidays, Dashain is one of the most important festivals in Nepal. One of the most important aspect of the festival is swinging in different types of swings. Another important part is food and fighting kites (in Kathmandu). People make Dashain plans quite ahead of the festival. As an example, I have prepared a report on the plans of Nepali actresses Karishma Manandhar, Jharana Thapa, Sanchita Luitel, Neeta Dhungana, Rajani KC, Anu Shah and Mahima Silwal.
Like other actor and actresses, actress Jiya KC also shared her Dashain photo in Facebook. But, unlike other photos, Jiya’s was a bit different. Jiya had ruthlessly cropped away the face of the person who was offering her Dashain Tika. The photo looks odd as a small portion of the hand is seen on the forehead of smiling Jiya. That is not how one shares Dashain photos (see celebrities photos of Dashain 2015):
It is no secret that Jiya is having an affair with actor Bhuwan KC and the person offering Tika is Bhuwan. The following photo can be used as the reference for the location and the identity.
I believe, this is another proof that the sexy image Jiya had created for herself still haunts the relationship between Bhuwan and Jiya. I had written a detail report on this issue a couple of months ago based on them being together during the shooting of ‘Dreams’. In their time together in beautiful locations in Mustang and Pokhara, they had shared photos at the same locations, separately.
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.
UPDATE: Rishi Dhamal’s Dashain in Canada and Ratan Subedi’s Dashain in Australia (at the end of this post).
Wherever people go, they take their culture with them. Nepali people are no exception. Nepal people all over the world celebrated Dashain Tika on October 22, 2015. I shared some photos of Nepali artists celebrating Dashain in my previous post. Now, it is time to share photos of Dashain celebration in places out of Nepal. Although, every Nepali have celebrated Dashain, I will only share photos of Nepali artists. This post will be updated if I find more artists celebrating Dashain in countries other than Nepal.
Prakriti Shrestha, Nepali actress in Australia
Nepali actress Prakriti Shrestha had gone to Australia after marrying Sudeep Neupane in July of 2014. The ‘Hostel’ actress was considered one of the new actresses with a lot of potential in Nepali film industry. But, Prakriti quietly married and left the country. (Watch ‘Hostel’ here)
We have been sharing the celebration of the Dashain festival by Nepali celebration for the last few years. This is the continuation of the tradition of sharing the celebration of the biggest festival in Nepal. If you want , you can refer the past photos of the clecbration of Dashain by clicking in the links below.
Actress Keki Adhikari has shared the following photo of her Dashain Tika on October 22:
The actress of the movie in theater ‘Sushree’, actress Surabina Karki has shared a photo with her mother after Dashain Tika:
Model Aditi Budhathoki has shared a photo of herself with her parents.
Actress Karishma Manandhar has organized a Dashain party in her residence in spite of gas shortage. Karishma shared a photo of her cooking food in traditional way, using firewood. Because of the economic blockage by India, Nepal has been facing acute shortage of cooking gas and vehicle fuel. Transportation and celebration has been quite tough because of the lack of vehicle fuel and cooking gas.
There is a film studio in Karishma’s residence in Godawari, Lalitpur. In the photo Karishma shared Karishma is seen cooking food in one of the studios by constructing the traditional fire wood stove. In the photo posted above, Karishma has also added a smiley to indicate the irony of the situation.
This week, four new movies are releasing on October 19, 2015 – on Tuesday instead of the usual Friday releases. That is because of the biggest festival in Nepal, Dashain. To benefit from the holiday season, these four movies are targeting the people who are free from work and studies. Although the film producers association had tried to stop the unconventional release on Tuesday, its effort wasn’t successful.
The movie by director Shivam Adhikari, ‘Sushree’ introduces model Ashika Tamang as an actress. Ashika is also the producer of the movie. With Ashika, the movie features Aryan Sigdel and Surabina Karki in leading roles. It has been a while since Aryan Sigdel’s movie has been released in theater. The movie is made on comedy theme.
The shooting and post-production of ‘Sushri’ was done in 2015, shooting starting in March this year.