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Festivals of Nepal

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 celebrations.

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.

Nepal Festivals

   Names of Festival

Month

New Year Day

April  

Biskut Festival

April  

Changu Narayan Festival

April

Democracy day

April

Red Machhendranath Rath Jatra

April 

Buddha Birthday 

May  

Sakela Ubhouli 

May  

Republic Day

May  

Ramadan (July 20 to Aug 18)

July  

Naag Panchami

July 

Janai Purnima/Rakshya Bandhan

Aug  

Gai Jatra

Aug  

Lord Krishna's B'day

Aug  

Teej

Aug   

Tourism Day

Sep  

Dashain Festival 7th day

Oct  

Maha Nawami (Dashain Festival) 

Sep  

Dashain (Vijaya Dashami) in Nepal

Sep

Maghe Sankranti

Jan

Maha Shivaratri

Feb

Gyalpo Loshar 

Mar

Fagu Purnima (Kathmandu valley)

Mar

Nala Machendranath Snan

Mar

Ghode Jatra in Kathmandu

Mar

Chaite-Sano Dashain

April

Seto Machendranath Rath yatra 

Mar

Ram Nawami

April

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Festivals of Nepal
Sweta Machhendranath Snan || Swasthani Puja || Maghe Sankranti || Basanta Panchami || Maha Shivaratri || Losar || Holi || Ghode Jatra || New Year's Day || Buddha Jayanti || Gunla || Krishnashtami || Janai Purnima || Gai Jatra || Teej || Indra Jatra || Dasain || Tihar

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