Happy Dashain!

It’s festival time!  It’s Dashain.  Lots of celebration underway in Nepal these past few days, and the next few too.  Kite flying, visiting family, delicious meals, new clothes, offerings to anything with an engine, fun and laughter on pings (bamboo swings).  And no school or work!

Delicious looking food preparations for a Dashain feast at Nikita's family home.  Yum!

Delicious looking food preparations for a Dashain feast at Nikita’s family home. Yum!  Photo credit Nikita Kayastha

Angella, Shree's wife and mother to gorgeous baby Sanskriti, offers puja with her neighbours at Phoolbari village.

Angella, Shree’s wife and mother to gorgeous baby Sanskriti, offers puja with her neighbours at Phoolbari village. Photo credit Shree Krishna Dhital

Reaching for the sky!  This type of ping (swing) is found all over Nepal and are surprisingly sturdy, being made of bamboo.

Reaching for the sky! This type of ping (swing) is found all over Nepal and are surprisingly sturdy, being made of bamboo.  Photo credit Shree Krishna Dhital

Giving thanks to the motorbike for Dashain

Giving thanks to the motorbike for Dashain.  Photo credit Shree Krishna Dhital

Buses departing Banepa (where I lived last year) to take people home to families.  Photo credit Gopal Vaidya

Buses departing Banepa (where I lived last year) to take people home to families. Photo credit Gopal Vaidya

A few days back, SIRC celebrated Dashain with the patients and their families with lots of singing, dancing and food!

SIRC's physios and nurses perform a welcome dance

SIRC’s physios and nurses perform a welcome dance.  Photo credit SIRC

The jam-packed conference room at SIRC, filled with patients, their families and staff.  Photo credit SIRC

The jam-packed conference room at SIRC, filled with patients, their families and staff. Photo credit SIRC

Esha pictured here with some patient's kids.  Photo credit SIRC

Esha pictured here with some patient’s kids. Photo credit SIRC

Esha's daughter Aahana is a great dancer, and performed for the audience too!  She's getting tall!  Photo credit SIRC

Esha’s daughter Aahana is a great dancer, and performed for the audience too! She’s getting tall! Photo credit SIRC

SIRC's all-talented Admin team.  I guess it was only the ladies who dressed up for Dashain.  C'mon guys!  Photo credit SIRC

SIRC’s all-talented Admin team. I guess it was only the ladies who dressed up for Dashain. C’mon guys! Photo credit SIRC

The stalwart kitchen ladies cooking in the rain outside (remember there is no cooking gas).  With some help OI see from a few of the guys from Physio and OT departments :-).  Photo credit SIRC

The stalwart kitchen ladies cooking in the rain outside (remember there is no cooking gas). With some help I see, from a few of the guys from Physio and OT departments :-). Photo credit SIRC

One of the patients rocking it out!  Photo credit SIRC

One of the patients rocking it out! Photo credit SIRC

Given it is Dashain and therefore usual to slaughter mostly goats and maybe water buffalo, I had a few photos of goats meeting the end of their lives.  But given the trauma my post from last year caused, I decided against posting any more.  Let’s just hope they are in a happier place now.

Happy Dashain everyone!

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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