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Festival in Nepal

Festivals are an essential part of Nepalese life that garners tremendous local participation. It offers visitors a valuable opportunity not only for having fun but gaining insight into various aspects of Nepalese culture.The religious festivals follow the lunar calendar, while national festivals have fixed dates. Wherever or whenever you arrive in Nepal, you can be pretty sure of being at the right time for one or more special events. Some of the major and interesting festivals are presented below.

Nayavarsha (April)

Nayavarsha(April) is the Nepali calendar Bikram Sambat , Nepali Calendar is approximately 56 years and 8.5 months ahead of the Gregorian calendar. New Year of Nepalese calendar falls in between April.

Buddha Jayanti (April)

Buddha Jayanti also known as Buddha Purnima is the biggest festivals celebrated by the Buddhist all around the globe which is celebrated in the remembrance of Lord Buddha.

Mani Rimdu

Mani Rimdu is one of the biggest festivals of the Sherpa in the Khumbu region. During this period the local Sherpa as well as the Tibetan communities gather and celebrate in monastic community.

Gaijatra - Cow festival - (July-August)

Gaijatra-Cow festival (July to August)  is the special street festival that lasts for eight days during the month of July to August. It is mostly celebrated in Kathmandu valley by the

Krishnastami (July-August)

Krishnastami(July-August) is one of the major festival celebrated by the Hindus all over the world; it signifies the birth of Lord Krishna.  This two day festival takes place during the eighth day of lunar fortnight.

Indrajatra (August-September)

Indrajatra(August-September) this festival of Lord Indra who is the king of Heaven and God of rain is celebrated with great passion in Kathmandu Valley

Dashain or Durga Puja (September-October)

Dashian and Durga Puja( September-October)- this is the longest and most propitous festival celebrated by all the Nepalese despite of different caste and creed.

Tihar (Deepawali, October-November)

Indrajatra(August-September) this festival of Lord Indra who is the king of Heaven and God of rain is celebrated with great passion in Kathmandu Valley. The festival starts

Bibhaha Panchami (November-December)

Bibaha Panchami (November-December)this is one of  great festival celebrated by Hindus all over the world. This day is celebrated as it is the day when Lord Ramchandra

Lhosar Festival

Lhosar Festival is mostly celebrated by the Sherpa community. Literally Lhosar means New Year and usually falls during the month of February. During this period the major

Maha Shivaratri (February-March)

Maha Shivaratri( February- March)- Literally means the great night of Lord Shiva; this festival is celebrated each year in the awe of Lord Shiva. Principally this festival

Ghodejatra (March-April)

Ghodejatra(March- April)- This horse racing day occurs during the fourteenth of the dark half of the chaitra which is somewhat between March and April. During this festive season

Teej (August- September)

Teej(August-September)-Teej is fasting Hindu festival specially celebrated by the woman. During the festive season the women clad in red saris dance, sing dominate the days.