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Friday, 8th October 2010. The First day of Dashain, Ghatasthapa is observed. Dashain has arrived with its share of good foods, fun and fine weather in Nepal.
 
With every festival, there comes a set of rituals and practices that add to its beauty. Dashain, the 10-day festival, also sees a number of customary observances. Receiving tika from elders probably is the most vibrant one.
 
On the 10th day of Dashain, Dashami, young ones receive tika (a mixture of rice, yogurt and vermillion) from their senior family members and relatives at the auspicious moment as calculated by the astrologers. Though red might be the dominant color we spot on the foreheads, there are a few other hues as well that we come across during the festival.eather in Nepal.
 
The auspicious time for tika of this year's Bada Dashain festival is 10:43 am on Sunday 17th of October, RSS reports. According to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, 9:41 am is the auspicious time for observing Ghatasthapa on October 8 and 11:30 am on October 14 for Tulasa Bhawani Yatra.