Dashain – family, playing cards, food and celebration

As I mentioned in my previous post, we celebrated Dashain from 1st October-15 October. Like every year I was super busy performing rituals at home and going for tika at different relatives places. But I have to admit that I am really tired this year compared to the last few years, looks like my age is catching up on me 🙂

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On Asthami, my parents, my brother’s family and a few of my friends’ family went to the Helensburg temple. The temple had a great vibe going with lots of people praying and special chanting going on for the occasion of Dashain. Helensburgh (3)

Of course after the ritual, we went to their canteen for breakfast and I had my favourite Masala Dosa 🙂

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On Nawami, apart from Kumari and Ganesh puja, I have mentioned before, we did Gadi puja as well .Please click here for more information on why it is done.

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Dashami or Tika day was really busy for us. First of all, in the morning we need to do puja at home using Jamara and then Chhori had her first tika of her life from me and AS.

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Then we went to my parents’ place so they can give us blessings (and money :)). It was a great feeling to have my parents here. It has been more than a decade that I got to be together with my parents during Dashain so it was extra special.

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There we put tika for my brother, SIL and nephew and they put tika for Chhori. We had lunch there and went to visit other relatives. We went to few places before coming back to my parents’ place. By the time, we came back home that evening it was past 10 pm and all of us were really tired.

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Chhori had a great time for sure and she was wearing Lengha for the first time in her life. It was a gift given to her from my friend’s mum and she looked super cute.

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The next day we were again invited to another friend’s place. I had to work that day so after work we went to their place. There I managed to play some cards as AS was minding Chhori.

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It must have been a lucky day for me as I won some money, only $50 but we had so much fun.

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On Saturday, the last day of Dashain we invited our friends and family for tika and bhoj. I was cooking for around 30 people so was in kitchen for almost the whole day. But the evening was wonderful with family and relatives.

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Chhori definitely had a great time and was spoiled with blessings and gifts.

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Overall, we had a great week of celebration and eating lots of yummy food. I am sure I have put on a couple of kilos  🙂

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Hope all of you celebrating Dashain had a great one as well.

Take care everyone,

M from nepaliaustralian

XOXO

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15 responses to “Dashain – family, playing cards, food and celebration

  1. Sounds like soooo much work but also sooooo much fun ha ha – you all looked stunning 🙂

  2. I agree with you, that dress looks great on Chhori 🙂

  3. So you are quite a gambler, Australian. Congratulations on winning $50. Not bad at all.

  4. M, your little Chhori is beautiful – and so big! It’s been too long since I’ve kept up with you and your blog. You and AS look great as well. Thank you as always for sharing the culture you know so well.

  5. So interesting to read about Gadi puja, never heard about it before.

    I bet all the cooking was pretty exhausting. For us it is already half day work when just cooking for 10 people!

    • I know, we do so many things in our culture and the reason behind it is always interesting.

      I love cooking but it is getting harder since Chhori is born as she need so much attention. It is exhausting at the end of the night for sure 🙂

  6. Looks like it was a beautiful celebration! 🙂

  7. Gorgeous dresses and it looks like everyone enjoyed the ceremony and the day.

  8. Dashain is similar to dussshera I think 🙂 the rituals looks pretty similar 🙂 and by the way nice pictures 🙂

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