Part 11: What a Dashain

I have been very busy preparing the Dashain. Every home is cleansed and beautifully decorated and painted like an invitation to the mother goddess.  

I was in a festive mood and enjoying every moment. This year, Dashain was so much more joyful than any other Dashain, I have celebrated. This year I was blessed with a good fortune. My goats have been sold out. After 22 years of marriage, this year we have celebrated the Dashain in a memorable and happy way 

For the first time in my life I have bought clothes and gifts for my children and grandchildren. While shopping gifts for my family, I felt so good and proud of myself. 

Being a single mother of three children was quite tough, and I have spent many years without celebrating any festivals, but this year I wanted to celebrate the Dashain in the best way, and therefore I bought gifts to all the members of my family 

My children were also very happy to see me happy. We have prepared varieties of food, and we ate a lot and enjoyed ourselves and each other. 

On the 10th day of Dashain, my daughter, grandchild and son-in-law came to visit me in my house to have Tika (a mixture of yogurt, rice and vermilion) and Jamara (planted on the first day of Dashain), and they were surprised to receive Tika and gifts. 

I have not seen them for a long time, and therefore I was so happy to see them.