FREIBURGER DASAIN FESTIVAL: jamara, tika-talo, vedic rituals
The Freiburger Nepalese community, mostly MA and PhD students, au-pairs, nurses and others celebrate Dasain in the German diaspora together with ritual ceremonies of tika-talo on the foreheads of the people with a blessing.
Nepalese Hindus celebrate this festival with their non-Hindu (in this case German) friends. The place was the Stusibar in Freiburg-West. In Nepal, all government offices, educational institutions and other offices remain closed during the festival period.
The festival falls in September or October due to the lunar calendar, starting from the shukla paksha, bright lunar fortnight, of the month of Ashvin and ending on purnima– the full moon. In the fifteen days of Dasain Celebration, the most important days are the first, seventh, eighth, ninth and the tenth. The pics are from last October.
We had a great time as you can see from the pics. Nepalese traditional cuisine, canned, groovy Nepali music and dances.We rocked the Stusibar.