It is common for buffaloes to be sacrificed in the courtyards of all the land revenue offices in the country on this day. In Nepal's old palace in Basantapur Hanuman Dhoka, worships and sacrifices are also active throughout this particular day.
The ninth day is called Mahanavami, otherwise referred to as "the great ninth day." Upon this day, the animal sacrifice ceremonies and rituals are at the highest concentration and regard, where even official military officers participate on holy and royal grounds. Often, buffaloes are sacrificed under the order of gun salute. Rituals are held at sacred places such as the Taleju Temple where on this day only, the public may enter making it one of the most heavily populated sites to visit.
The Animal Recovery Mission is documenting the Dashain Festival as a part of its efforts to install awareness and education amongst the people of Nepal, the government and the rest of the world. Raising awareness will also help in implementing animal protection laws within the country, as well as alternative offerings to the gods as well as traditions in the Nepalese culture that will not result in the mass bloodshed that has been occurring for centuries now.
Updates will be posted at AnimalRecoveryMission.org/Dashain-Festival-2015.
Please sign and share ARM's petition to stop the animal sacrifice and slaughter of animals during the Dashain Festival.