Dashain is the longest and most favorite festival of Nepal. Everyone stays home with their families while offices, businesses and shops remain closed. The skies of Kathmandu are filled with kites and the marketplaces are filled with farmers bringing their buffaloes, goats and chickens to sell. The animals are to be sacrificed on the night of Kal Ratri to the goddess Durga to celebrate her victory over evil. On the day of Dashami, everyone puts on new clothes and visit their family elders for their blessings, where they receive large red tikas of vermilion paste on their foreheads. In the following days of Dashain, families and friends unite, feasts are prepared, blessings are imparted and gifts are exchanged. Nepal’s most beloved festival ends with the full moon.