The tenth and the main day of the Dashai festival, Vijaya Dashami, was celebrated across the country on Wednesday.
President Dr Ram Baran Yadav offers Tika at the Tika ceremony at Shital Niwas on Vijaya Dashami...
People of Hindu faith received tika, jamara and blessings from elders amid family gatherings and engaged in celebration and merrymaking.
However, in Nepal, Vijaya Dashami is celebrated not only by Hindus, but also by many other religious communities as a way of social interaction.
Generally, people receive tika from their parents and elders at the most auspicious time and visit their relatives throughout the day. Those who cannot visit all of their relatives on the day can do so within five days till Purnima.
As this festival is known for family gatherings, people return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate Dashain. Apart from the religious practices, Dashain is also marked by merrymaking, gambling and excessive consumption of food and liquor.
Nepalese living abroad also celebrate the festival passionately, as it provides them a rare opportunity to gather at one place and exchange greetings.
The Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, called the Panchanga Nirnayak Samiti, has said that the auspicious hour for receiving tika of Durga Bhawani during Dashain festival of this year is 11:29 am on October 24. nepalnews.com