Today, 21st September is Ghatasthapana, the first day of Dashain and in Sydney the celebration has already started. Last Saturday, like every year, Guthi Australia organised a free event to celebrate the Dashain in the Rockdale Bicentenary Park.
They have been organising this event for the last few years and I really like it as it is a perfect place to catch up with friends and family. They try to bring the Dashain vibe to Sydney as much as possible by organising lots of cultural and traditional programs during this auspicious time of the year.
We went there around lunch time and headed straight to food stalls. We had momos and Sel roti.
As we sat to eat, we started encountering many friends and family. After the quick bite, we went and tried out our hand at flying a kite.
My attempt was unsuccessful with my nephew as it didn’t go very high but there were some pro kite flyers who were doing a really good job.
The main highlights of the event for me were the Rath (Charito), Kumari, Lakhe dance, Pulu kisi and colourful kites in the sky.
There was a little girl dresses up as Kumari, the only living Goddess in the world worshipped by Hindus and Buddhists in Nepal.
We also enjoyed the Lakhe dance and the Pulu kisi (elephant) dance.
Lakhe is a demon in Nepalese folklore with a ferocious face with protruding fangs and mane of red or black hair, who protects the people.
Pulu Kisi is believed to be the carrier of Indra himself. People view the masked creature with a roar of excitement and laughter. From time to time it does naughty and mischievous things by running through the street knocking anyone that comes in its path and swinging its tail.
Chhori had a great time as well running around, playing on the swing in the park and enjoying the food. We had a great time mingling with friends and family .
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