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Dashain Festival

Christmas in Nepal

sunny 36 °C


Here it is, this is their big festival, the equivalent of our Christmas. Everyone goes back to their family to get a blessing, we receive tika (this rice coloured red that is placed on your third eye), you visit relatives with presents and generally relax at home.
We left Kathmandu just before Dashain so all the kids from Dallu were getting ready to visit their relatives... as you can see in the pictures.
We headed off to Pokhara for our month there in a micro bus and we were with people who were on their way to be blessed by family. The journey was beautiful even though a little long (5h)... a kid got sick and did not make it on time to the window so Teo seat got sprayed!!! hummm.... The dad then got sick too.... thank god he made it to the window on time and did not spray us again... But the views were awesome and I could not sleep as the landscape was just great...
In Pokhara, Bishwa's parents welcomed us and gave us Tika... so we went to town with our tika and everyone was telling us "happy dashain"... it was great. The whole family left to visit relatives yesterday so we went to Lakeside for a walk and to find a hotel where we can stay the night before we set off for the rafting... We saw the classic Dashain swing which is this massive swing made out of bamboo which can be as tall at 5 6 metres.. and everyone kids and adults swing on these all day long....
The walk was great in the little alleyways and following the river ... the kids made it and did not complain... We met that little girl who cried as she had lost her shoe in the canal.. But do not worry, her brother rescued it on time...
We first stopped at a restaurant suggested by the guide du routard. Very nice even though we had to wait at least one hour to be served.. But then again it is Dashain so we were happy to find a restaurant that was open. Teo had pizza, Hayden grilled pork with vegetables and I have some mashed potatoes with cheese and an egg.. Very yummy indeed...We then went to book a hotel and unfortunately Simon's one was full so we took the one opposite.. very nice and quiet too.The we decided to go for a boat ride on the lake and that was great.. we took a pedalo and we had fun even though it was a little loopsided as I am heavier than the kids. We saw many many paragliders in the sky....
We went shopping an got some sweets to offer the family for Dashain and got water and some stationery for the kids for school...
We then walked back home after stopping at another coffee shop to charge our batteries!!!
Nice day .... and nice weather!!!!

Posted by ealonso 07:52 Archived in Nepal Tagged dashain lakeside restaurant_lakeside

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