Digital Dakshina could and should become a trend this festive season for the right reasons. COVID-19 threats have not faded and online fund transfer has become mainstream. In this, we believe many at the Tika ceremony could integrate the idea of digital Dakshina for this Dashain and following celebrations.
Ever since COVID-19 struck our lives, we have resorted to alternatives that exclude physical contact. Work from home has flourished, online teaching has become a new normal, and virtual business meeting is more prominent. However, there is one thing we Nepalese can add to it during our festivities, and that is digital Dakshina.
With festive times on us, Dakshina will be a key factor for all the celebrators. Traditionally, we offer Dakshina, (a form of monetary payment out of love, joy, and respect) hand to hand or in an envelope. But with the nonnegligible COVID-19 scare, we can resort to the power of the electronic medium that could be beneficial to most of us.
Virtual Tika Was A Thing in 2077 BS
Last year during Dashain and Tihar, social media witnessed something unique, trivial, and still logical. Some Nepalese posted videos and pictures of them receiving a virtual tika on their laptops.
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The lockdown forced relatives distant, however, they found a most immediate hack of turning to technology. on Zoom, Messenger, or any video calling platforms, relatives observed the festival with a shiny giggle. Obviously, the experiment did work for them. On the surface, the idea of a virtual Tika ceremony sounded trivial but it works as an alternative. The idea is to keep ourselves joyful during the festivities; be it physical or virtual.
Dashain’s 10th day is Tika and with it comes a popular part and here we are talking about Dakshina. Since it lacks a straight English translation, we will stick with the Nepali word. Whether
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