Dashain is a fifteen day long Hindu festival that takes place in Nepal in September - October. Dashain marks the victory of good over evil. To celebrate the holiday, people fly kites, play cards, buy new clothes, construct bamboo swings and spend time with family. Kids recite the rhyme "Dashain Aayo".

"This is a kind of jingle that in our childhood we used to sing and run around our village. And it always makes me smile." -Roshan

दशैं आयो (Dashain Aayo) - Nepali Children's Songs - Nepal - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


*Roshan wrote, "धत्तेरी has no English translation. It's more like Oh crap, sh*t, holy crap kind of exclamation in the English language."


Dashain aayo,
Khaula Piula,
Kaha jaula,
Chori lyaula,
Dhatta papi,
Ma ta chuttai basula

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This is the one rhyme that every Nepali kid knows.

"Dashain reminds us every year that the evil may be strong for a time; the truth and good will always prevail over it. Every year we all Nepali, remember the message 'Good always wins over the evil', with the celebration of the great festival of Bada Dashain." -Roshan

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Roshan Dahal for translating this rhyme! You can see Roshan's wonderful travel photography on Flickr.

You can read Roshan's article about Dashain here.

Image: Wikipedia


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