On the festival's final day, the family elder gives the red tika blessing to family members. I performed that function for the first time last month as the elder (by far!) in our family.
The sacred cow, which Hindus regard as their holy mother, is garlanded with flowers. Tika is applied to the cow's forehead. Houses, shops, offices, factories, and mills are brightly decorated with lights. It's a time of lights and tinsel, not unlike our Christmas. Special lighting arrangements are displayed on the day of Laxmi Puja. Flickering oil lamps brighten courtyards, doorways, roof tops, verandas, and windows.
Dashain on Eskridge Terrace
I wrote about these two wonderful Nepali holidays in a post two years ago.