Dasain Aayo

Dasain Aayo

Both the longest and biggest festival in Nepali culture, Dasain is celebrated by worshipping goddess Durga in all her manifestations

13 October, Ghatasthapana: Jau (barley) is planted in a kalash (vessel) filled with holy water to germinate jamara (malt sapling) that is used on the seventh day.

20 October, Fulpati: Seventh day on which fulpati (jamara, different types of flowers and banana stalks) is brought to Kathmandu from Gorkha. Generally families bring fulpatis to their prayer rooms.

21 October, Maha Astami: The day of Kaalratri puja to worship Kali, a demonic avatar of Goddess Durga.

22 October, Maha Nawami and Dashami: The day marks the victory of goddess Durga over the demon. The Taleju temple at Hanuman Dhoka is opened for the public only once a year on this day. Factories, machineries and vehicles are worshipped. People take tikas, jamaras and blessings from their elders.

27 October, Kojagrat Purnima: Tika goes on till this day, concluding Dasain.

Home Sick Blues II, The second edition of the exhibit features more works from Danish artists Anders Brinch, Christian Finne, Jon Stahn and Melou Vanggard. Opens 9 October, 5pm, Tings Tea Lounge, Lajimpat, Free entry

Empower her, Eleven participants will pitch their idea of a service impact project, winners receive seed fund money. 10 October, 3pm, Amrapali Banquet, Bhatbhateni, Kathmandu, (01)443363, Tickets Rs 450

Pink rally, A walkathon to raise awareness on breast cancer and breast self-examination. 10 October, 7am, Walk starts from Patan Darbar Square and ends at Ideal Model School, , 9841467697

Hemp exhibit, A wide range of hemp products on display. 9 and 10 October, 11am to 9pm, Patan Museum, Lalitpur, 9841430679, 9818222722

October beer festival, Nepal's first beer pong tournament, with live music from Abhaya and the Steam Injuns 2:00 pm onwards, 17 October, 2015, Rs. 1500/- Trisara, Lazimpat, 9851186972

Dhuwa, ICIMOD is collaborating with MaHa Sanchar to produce a Nepali telefilm, 'Dhuwa', on raising awareness about air pollution from open fires Premiering 11 October, 8:50 PM on Nepal Television

Sculpting possibilities, Nepal Europe Art Center (NEAC) is presenting the work of Nepali and Dutch artists in a fund-raising exhibition 10 October, 12 pm to 9 pm NEAC, Bagdol, Chakupat

Business plan competition, King's College is organising a business plan competition to promote social entrepreneurship in Nepal Deadline: 9 October, 9818032872, 9841848212

Help rebuild, A special fund-raising print sale to contribute towards the rebuilding of heritage sites in Patan by Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT)

Farmers’ market, The biggest gathering of local producers in the Valley selling organic produce, dairy products, artisanal bread and pastries and home-made goodies. 8am to 1pm, Le Sherpa, Lajimpat, every Saturday, (01)4006587, 9802028777

Trans-Himalayan, Chinese artist Zhao Jianqiu’s ink wash paintings on Nepal and China celebrate 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Opens 11 October, 6pm, Nepal Art Council, Babarmahal, (01)4218048, 4433930,


Chez Caroline Authentic ambience

Chez Caroline Authentic ambience, exquisite French food, glorious sunshine and more Baber Mahal Revisited, (01)4263070/4187

Kairos Café Friendly staff, excellent coffee, tranquil atmosphere – a great place to relax and recharge Jawalakhel, 9813173747

Soaltee specials, Soaltee Crowne Plaza is featuring special menus from seven award-winning chefs until November Tahachal, (01)4273999

Bodhi Books and Bakes, This newly opened cafe offers a rich collection of cakes and pastries and good books. Chappal Karkhana, Maharajgunj, 9851193262

Taza, Succulent kebabs and mouth-watering shawarmas from this authentic Syrian restaurant Pulchowk, 9860960177

Vesper Café, Great for leisurely dining, serves diverse foods that reflect Italian lifestyle. Jhamsikhel, (01)5548179



Farm life

Farm life, A new weekend getaway that lets visitors experience the joys of working in a farm. Activities include harvesting vegetables, cleaning farm and feeding animals. Starts 11 October, every Sunday, 8.30am, The Vegetable Garden, Lajimpat, Rs 2000 (includes transportation, breakfast and lunch), 9841776448

Festive package, Three days, two nights in a deluxe room, complimentary breakfast and one free meal, lots of discounts on other services. Rs 6999 nett per person on twin sharing basis, till 31 October, Shangri~La Village Resort, Pokhara, (01)4420252, (01)412999, 9818721492, 9860617403,

Tiger Mountain Lodge, Situated 1000 ft above Pokhara valley, this resort offers spectacular views of Machhapuchchre, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu., (01)4426427, 9849194874

Atithi Resort and Spa, A quiet sanctuary that fuses Nepali tradition with modern amenities. Lakeside, Pokhara, (061)1466760,

Park Village Resort, Yoga, detox and ayurveda treatment in a quiet corner of Kathmandu. Himalayan Peace and Wellness Center, Park Village Resort, Budhanilkantha, 01-4370286,


The Latination

The Latination, India’s reputed Latin jazz outfit brings you festive sounds from salsa and rumba to modern jazz, and Afro-Latin rhythms. 9 October, 7.30pm, Alliance Francaise, Teku Road, Tripureshwor, Kathmandu, (01)4241163

Gharana Music Festival A one-of-a-kind international classical music festival organised by the Gharana Music Foundation. 5.30 to 8.30 pm, 8 to 11 October, Hotel Yak and Yeti, Darbarmarg,

Ankit Tiwari Live, Popular Bollywood singer comes to town for the first time. 3 October, 3 to 8pm, Jawalakhel Football Grounds, Lalitpur, Tickets Rs 500/Rs 1,500/Rs 3,000

Jazzmandu, The 13th edition of Kathmandu Jazz festival 4 to 10 November,

Guthrie Govan, English guitarist Guthrie Govan performing in Kathmandu to raise proceeds for the earthquake-affected 5:00 pm, Oct 23, pre-sales: Rs. 1500 and door sales: Rs. 2000 Club 25 Hours, Tangal, (01)4437486

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