The longest and biggest festival in Nepal, Dasain is celebrated by worshipping goddess Durga in all her manifestations. The 15-day festival started on 21 September, locally known as Ghatasthapana. 

27 September, Fulpati: Seventh day of Dasain on which fulpati (jamara, different types of flowers and banana stalks) is brought to Kathmandu from Gorkha. Generally, families take fulpati to their prayer rooms.

28 September, Maha Astami: A day dedicated to the worship of Kali, a demonic avatar of Goddess Durga.

29 and 30 September, Maha Nawami and Dashami: 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, machinery and vehicles are worshipped. People receive tika, jamara and blessings from their elders.

5 October, Kojagrat Purnima: Tika giving goes on till this day, which marks the end of Dasain.

Rock climbing, Explore the strength in you and try rock climbing organised by Astrek Climbing Wall. The package includes lunch, a bottle of water, and climbing and safety gear. No previous experience required. Every Saturday, 8am-5pm, Rs5,500 per person, (01) 4419265, 9841313561, www.

Guitar workshop, Register to participate in a free guitar workshop by famous Polish teacher Jacek Chmiel. 6 October, 5pm onwards, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Sanepa, Free, (01) 5013554, 9813556945,

100 years of Toni Hagen, Don’t miss this opportunity to see Nepal though the eyes of Toni Hagen in an exhibition of his works marking 100 years after his birth anniversary. 16-24 September, 10am-5pm, Nepal Art Council, Baber Mahal, (01) 4220735

Japanese art, Visit this exhibition to view some of the finest paintings by Japanese artists Masae Suzuki and Setsuko Suzuki. 18-27 September, 11am-5pm, 12-5pm (Saturdays), Siddhartha Art Gallery, Baber Mahal Revisited, Kathmandu, (01) 4218048, (01) 4433930

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