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,

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