Government offices across the country, including in Kathmandu valley, that remained closed for the Dashain festival have reopened after five days of closure.

With the resumption of services, these offices have witnessed a crowd of service-seekers.

Government offices had remained closed for six days of the 15-day Dashain holiday on the day of Ghatasthapana that marks the beginning of the festival, and from the seventh to the 11th day.

Most of ministries in Kathmandu valley have seen a dense presence of service-seekers.

Singha Durbar, the government's main administrative centre, has reopened.

"Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki reported to work," said Karki's personal secretary Rajji Thapa.

Similarly, the market has reopened, while a large number of vehicles have started plying on the roads.

The 15-day festival continues today on the 12th day.

During the festival, Hindus visit their relatives and families to receive tika and jamara and blessings from their elders and seniors. It concludes on Kojagrat Purnima that falls on October 19.

A version of this article appears in the print on October 18, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.