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Photo by Scott Diekema, Nepal Semester.

Dasain ko ghaam

When the sky turns into the deepest blue after the long monsoon. The marigolds bloom in doubles; in hues of orange, yellow and gold and the sun shines not too harshly but brightly usually between September and October it marks the beginning of the festival of Dasain.

It is one of the most important and auspicious of Hindu festivals and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal. The festival symbolizes a few things but most importantly the victory of good over evil. ‘Dasain ko ghaam’ directly translates to the sun/sunny days of the festival Dasain. The skies have cleared here in Patan, Kathmandu valley and the students will be celebrating the festival with their homestay families. This picture was taken yesterday from the rooftop of our program house.