During the month of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain. This is the longest and the most auspicious festival in the Nepalese annual calendar, celebrated by Nepalese of all caste and creed throughout the country.
Dashain commemorates a great victory of the gods over the wicked demons. It is said that lord Ram was successful in the battle only when goddess Durga was evoked. The main celebration glorifies the triumph of good over evil and is symbolized by goddess Durga slaying the terrible demon Mahisasur.