October 5 – On the occasion of Bada Dashain festival, the Fulpati is being taken into the homes as per tradition throughout the country today.
Fulpati, an assortment of flowers, leaves and fruits of different plants considered auspicious, is anointed at the Dashaighar on the seventh day of the Bada Dashain festival.
The Fulpati is brought to Kathmandu as per the Vedic rites to be anointed at the Dashaighar at the Hanumandhoka Durbar.
The Gurujyuko Platoon, the Nepal Army, Nepal police, and high-ranking officials of Armed Police and civil service, the Asha Gurja team, band music, and panchebaja bands and decorated kalsyoulis, and a procession along with cultural pageantry leave Hanuman Dhoka for Jamal with the Fulpati.
During the monarchy, the King, as the Head of State, used to attend the Fulpati ritual at Dashainghar, but with the foundation of Republic, the Minister for Culture is attending, said the Durbar Museum Development Committee.
The auspicious hour to bring the Fulpati this year is fixed at 3:00pm. It was informed that the Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Yogesh Bhattarai, and local level representatives in Kathmandu were invited to attend the ritual.
Though the Dashain festival begins from Ghatasthapana the festival sees special fervor from the day of Fulpati.
All government as well as private offices close down from today encouraging people to go back to their respective ancestral homes and take blessings from Durga Bhawani as well as their elders.