Dashain ko Jamara

During Dashain, Nepal's largest Hindu celebration, we witness individuals dressed in red walking from one place to another, sporting characteristic red splotches of tika (a mixture of vermillion powder, rice, and yogurt) on their foreheads, and flaunting their "hair accessory," the jamara (barley sprouts). Growing Jamara is a tedious process that requires constant monitoring. Even after taking many measures, the Jamara turns out green in most cases (according to the religious texts, the yellow color is preferred). But we won't have that problem this year, as we can easily grow the perfect Jamara in the Mushoor Home Harvest System.

Dashain doesn't feel like Dashain without the tika or the jamara. The festival's red (tika) and yellow-green (jamara) flashes of color are a must-see. But, having said that, why are they so important?

The tika is considered to be a blessing — an auspicious way for the eldest member of the home or the house priest to bestow good fortune, health, and long life upon those who get to wear them. Though it might be a little messy, the tika not only adds color to Dashain's personality, but it also serves as a way to show off how many relatives you have that care about your well-being. In fact, the messier and larger the tika, the better it is. Without this splotch of red on everyone’s foreheads, Dashain would be, to say the least, quite bland.

The jamara, like the tika, is an essential part of the event. In reality, Dashain would be incomplete without the jamara, just as Christmas would be incomplete without the Christmas trees. In fact, the jamara is more essential than the tika. Thus a perfect-colored Jamara is priceless during this auspicious festival. Are you ready to grow the perfect Jamara this year?