DASAIN the biggest and most important festival of the Hindu Nepali population is celebrated in September-October. It symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
DIPAVALI, the festival of lights is celebrated 10 years after Dasain.
On the first day barley seeds are sown in the soil and their growth a few inches foretells a good harvest. The next important day, a week later is
Fulpati meaning the "day of flowers". Maha Astami and
Kala Ratri follow Fulpati.
The next day is Navami. The 10th day of the festival is known as Vijay
Dashmi and also marks the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. During this day people smear their foreheads with
coloured rice and the barley sprouts which were sown on the first day of
Dasain are picked and place over the ears.