There are more than 50 major festivals and
lots of events in a year celebrated in Nepal. Festivals in
Nepal begin with religion, ending as social event. Although
most of these festivals are religious some have historical
significance, while others are seasonal and legendary
The dates of most festivals are fixed by famous astrologers
after consulting the lunar calendar. The biggest and most
popular festivals are: Dashain, a celebration of Goddess Durga
victory over evil Mahisashur; and Tihar, a celebration of
lights dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi.
It is not hard to catch colorful processions in different
streets of the Valley almost every other day of the week.
Cultural acts of dances and songs are integral parts of some
celebrations while some celebrations are just quiet family
gatherings. Grand celebrations like Ghode Jatra and Gai Jatra
entertain participants and spectators every year.