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by Saagar

Dashain and Tihar holidays are the major holy and holidays of Nepal. They are movable holidays, but normally you find them within the late September - late November bracket. Between the two there is an interval of about a week and a half.
Dashain influences you in a number of ways: Like Chinese New Year, this is the time when everybody goes back to their respective families, own and inlaws. All buses and planes may be fully booked at this time and it's also difficult to hire a car.
Apart from the frantic traveling, the country comes to a complete standstill. Don't get stuck without money. And don't expect anything to progress on your official visit, office appointments and visa and permit dealings...
If you happen to be in contact with local people and families, do not miss the opportunity to take part in the celebrations. While a guest will see the colorfulness and experience the blessings, gift-giving and the butcher (sacrifice, that is) and eating part (much like Christmas), for a deeper understanding of tll this, read the book Festivals of Nepal. This one, along with the helpful Customs and Manners of Nepal you will find in most bookshops and some souvenir stalls, too.

othercontact: Books; see above

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  • Written May 5, 2004
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