Dashain Temples

Posted by on December 30, 2011

I happened to show up in Nepal right before one of the country’s biggest yearly festivals (how does that seem to happen so often?), and spent most of it in Kathmandu.

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Dashain last for XX days, and for most of these the celebration seemed more like a general feeling of excitement than any specific ceremony.  One of the last nights of the festival, though, I stumbled across a temple just above the Bagmati River with a small-scale celebration going on.

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Pretty low-key, this little temple was simply full of people playing music and lighting candles and generally being cheerful, and kind of reminded me of a smaller version of a Christmas Eve service at some liberal-minded Christian church in the States.   Except with, you know, Hindu idols everywhere and singing in Nepali.

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I spent probably an hour and a half or two hours at this temple walking around talking to people and listening to music that people were playing in side-rooms throughout the complex.  This video is quite dark from the low light the night of the celebration, but I think the sound still gives a pretty good sense of the feeling of my experience of Dashain.

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