Chaitey Dashain: Another Dashain of the year | Hamro Patro

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Chaitey Dashain: Another Dashain of the year

On the one hand, this year's farewell is on the edge as Chaitey Dashain knocks, and on the other hand, the New Year's roan is hitting the bell. Dashain, the great festival of Nepali people and a festival carrying cultural significance famous as Navratri. This Chaitey Dashain is a reflection of the main Dashain that occurs during Asoj, Kartik of Bikram Sambat calendar. According to the myths, in the past, the main Dashain used to fall in Chait but due to the dry seasons and frequently occurring droughts later Dashain was shifted to Asoj Kartik (Middle of the year).

Whatever it is, the roan of Chaitey Dashain is not an inch less than the main Dashain. Asian nations like India, Bangladesh and Myanmar observes this Dashain as Chaitra Navaratri.

Dashain falls in Dashami tithi (tenth day) but here at Nepal we commemorate Chaitey Dashain on Asthami (Eight Day) because this eight-day is a day of scarifying our wills, desires and also offering animals to Goddesses Bhawani.

Dakshinkali, Shovavagwati, Maitidevi, RaktaKali, Sankata, Guheswori of Kathmandu valley is filled with devotees in this day, Nepal army also commemorates this day in their own way.

From ancient times, the process of offering sacrifices
has been going on in Kathmandu Valley. Outside the valley, at Bhagwati temples
and Shakti Peethas, the devotees observe prayers and congregations. In some
Bhagwati temples, there is a grand fair.

Lord Rama returned back from his 14 years of exile, on this day. This day is the purest depiction of the truth against the false, light against darkness and humanity against inhumane attributes.

Falsehood and inequality may decrease, truth and righteousness must always prevail. The importance of truth lies more than falsehood. Hail the lord!!!!

Bring back the kid in you, April Fool cool cool

Welcome to the annual custom and a specific day dedicated to practical jokes and hoaxes. The joke is finally revealed by shouting the April fool at the end. The reason behind this joke errand day is lost in history but of course, there are some theories. Several facts date back this celebration from the 14th century and relate to English poet and author Geoffrey Chaucer. In his famous creation "The Canterbury Tales" where Chaucer refers playful reference to 32nd March; or 1st of April. This is the closest reference and one among the plausible reason for April 1st celebration however, there is no conclusive and solid reason for the history of April first. Who doesn't like a playful prank with their lovely ones but folks don't forget to reveal the prank by shouting April fool at the end. Such jokes and pranks have an immense impact on Nepali culture and history, and also helps human bond with each other. It’s a way to build up energy and tension, this day allows people to fairly misbehave and importantly after this day people must return to their normal behavior, so this is a ritual of enforcing the social norm of good behavior. Being able to joke and poke, have fun with others helps us in building social relationships, laughter itself is a panacea and too good for our health. Don't forget to smile and make others smile today, keep up this promise and stick into it.

Scotland celebrates Gowk day today and Brazil celebrates Dia De Mentira "Lie Day" on this day, this day is for comedic effect anyway. Humor, of course, can break the ice and it conveys what cannot be put into words. Pranking in person, at school, office, college, streets and some people do it to their families, has been a part of April fool day for hundreds of years.

To remind your friends today that they all were kids once in their lifetime, help them bring that joyful kid back in their life and relieve some stress by bringing some smiles and happiness through your prank and jokes. Accept that being the fool is okay sometimes, Have fun.

Suyog Dhakal

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