The biggest cultural and religious festival of Nepalis, Bijaya Dashami, is being celebrated across the country on Thursday. On Bijaya Dashami, the most significant day of the 15-day Bada Dashain festival, there is the tradition of receiving Tika and Jamara’ from elders as the auspicious items bestowed by the goddesses Nawa Durga, Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati.

Dashain is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country. The fifteen days of celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight ending on the day of the full moon.