The biggest festival for Nepalese, Dashain, started from 1st October and we had a great start to the festival.
This year it is really special for us as I have my parents here and this will be the first time Chhori can have Dashain Tika as we couldn’t celebrate last year.
On Saturday, it was Gathasthapana, the day we plant Jamara. That day in Sydney, we also had another event to attend, the Kite festival organised by Guthi Australia.
They have been organising this event for the last few years and I really like it. They try to bring the Dashain vibe from Nepal to Sydney as much as possible by organising lots of cultural and traditional things during the gathering.
The function was held in the Rockdale Bicentenary Park and the entry was free.
The main highlights of the event for me was the Rath (Charito), Kumari, Lakhe and colourful kites in the sky.
The Rath was done better than last year. It was a smaller version of the Rath in Nepal but it was great for kids to understand what the Rath looks like and they were allowed to pull them around the ground as well.
There was a little girl dresses up as Kumari , only living Goddess in the world worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal.
Lakhe is a demon in Nepalese folklore with a ferocious face with protruding fangs and mane of red or black hair.
They had an energised Lakhe dancing to traditional music.
Little girls performing in traditional music was amazing and so was the fashion show and concert.
There were many stalls for Tradtional handicrafts and Food stalls. Of course we enjoyed our evergreen momo.
Chhori had a great time as well running around, playing on the swing in the park and enjoying the food.
She was spoiled by all of our friends and relatives as usual.
I am really glad these types of events happen in Sydney. As you all know I love my traditions and culture and I want Chhori to see, learn and know our culture too. These kind of organised events definitely will help me educate Chhori and hopefully develop her interest in Nepali traditions and culture in future.
Wishing you all a very Happy Dashain!!!
Here are the posts I have written regarding Dashian over the years .
- Happy “Nawami”
- Story of my Jamara….
- Happy “Dashami”
- Samay Baji
- Dashain aayo
- Fulpati: Dashain
- Asthami : Dashain
- Nawami: Dashain
- Vijaya Dashami : Dashain
- Dashain Tika update
- Dashain ko Nakhatey
- Dashain Celebration
Take care everyone,
M from nepaliaustralian