Neighborhood temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, decked out for the Hindu holy holiday of Dashain. Celebrated for 15 days, the national religious festival falls in either September or October every year, depending upon the lunar calendar, with the first, seventh, eighth, ninth and the tenth days being the most important. During the holiday, all government offices and schools are closed, as are many private offices, as Nepalis travel from the cities to their villages of origin to celebrate the holiday with family. Those that remain in Kathmandu often visit temples to make offerings of food, drink, and coins in return for blessings from a priest. Since Dashain is the most important religious event on the Nepali calendar, temples like this one, which are normally locked after dark, remain open 24-hours during the 15 days of the festival.