Maha Astami 2007

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The eighth day of Bada Dashain is called the Maha Asthami. The night of this day is also called as “Kaal Ratri,” the dark night. Hundreds of goats, sheep, and buffaloes are sacrificed at the mother goddess temples on that night. The sacrifice continues till dawn.

Maha Astami has great importance in Newari culture. In the evening the Newars usually have a feast called “Khuchi Bhoya” – Kuchi means 2 manas and Bhoya means feast.

We had lost someone in the family so we couldn't celebrate any of the festivals in Bada Dashain this year. Well may be next year we will. My dad is in his older age now and I think soon he will need hair restoration but well old age surely bring back his memories of all those Dashain and I love hearing about them each year.

Happy Khuchi Bhoya to all the Newari People!


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