Being such a religious and spiritual country, there are numerous celebrations, festivals and events in Nepal all year round. Click on one of our destinations below to see whats happening locally!
Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important occasions for worshippers of Lord Shiva, the god of all gods in Hindu mythology. This festival is observed throughout Nepal and by Hindu communities abroad.
Fagu Poornima or the 'Festival of Colors' is observed as one of the most fun-filled activities involving the whole community. During this festival, people splash each other with colors, water, and feast along with relatives and friends.
Shivaratri in Sanskrit stands for 'the Night of Lord Shiva' and one of the most sacred occasions for Lord Shiva's devotees. Hindu mythology describes Shiva as the god of all gods.This festival is celebrated by Hindus all over Nepal and abroad at all the temples of Shiva.
Shivaratri in Sanskrit stands for 'the Night of Lord Shiva' and one of the most sacred occasions for devotees of Lord Shiva. Hindu mythology describes Shiva as the god of all gods.
A wild play with colours and water makes Holi (Fagu Poornima) a time of fun and revelry to everyone in Nepal. If you stay in the Lakeside area of Pokhara during Holi, you are likely to come across
Ghode Jatra is a spectacular exhibit to mark the victory of good over evil and is believed to have been celebrated since medieval times. It is one of the events exclusively held in Kathmandu, in front of a huge crowd observing and cheering at the proceedings. People of Patan observe the occasion in a unique way. They blindfold one eye of a specially chosen horse and then race it.
Chaite Dashain is considered the second Dashain festival celebrated by Nepalese Hindus in the month of Chaitra (March/April). As a special tradition, animal sacrifices are performed by Nepal Army in the courtyard of Hanuman Dhoka Palace, Basantapur (Kathmandu Durbar Square)
Ram Nawami is celebrated by Hindus all over Nepal as a commemoration of the victory of Ram (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) in the fierce battle with the mighty army of Lanka (then ruled by Rawan), between Rawan.
In the official solar calendar of Nepal known as Bikram Sambat, the New Year begins day falls in mid-spring, betokening a very auspicious and fruitful beginning for a new year.
Matatirtha Aunshi (or the Nepalese Mother's Day) falls annually on the new moon day (Aunshi, in Nepali) of the month of Baishakh (second half of April or first half of May).
Buddha Jayanti is celebrated every year on the full moon day to commemorate the birth, enlightenment, and death of Lord Buddha because all of these most important events in the life of Buddha are believed to have happened on this very day.
Buddha Jayanti falls on the full moon day of the month of Baishakh (April/May), when all the most important events in Lord Buddha’s life, namely, birth, enlightenment, and death are believed to have happened.
Consequently, this day assumes paramount significance for the Buddhists, who visit the monasteries and offer worships to the founder of their faith. They also take out colorful processions in special costumes, attend the functions in monasteries and organise feasts to mark the occasion.
Ropain Festival, also known as Asar 15, is celebrated mostly by farmers of the Terai and Inner-Terai regions of Nepal to mark the day they plant new seedlings of rice crop of the year in their paddies.
Nag Panchami is a day to worship the lord of the snakes (Naga), believed by Hindus to be their protector against various adversities including natural disasters.
Krishnastami is the celebration of the birthday of Lord Krishna, whose teachings comprise the holy book of Bhagwad Geeta.
Teej is the festival of women. Dressed essentially in bright red, women flock to Pashupatinath - the temple of Lord Shiva.
Haritalika is a Hindu festival, celebrated exclusively by Nepalese women (of Brahmin and Chhetri ethnicities). Most people call it by its popular name, Teej.
The typical description of Dashain, the greatest festival of the Nepalese people, as simply a celebration of the ‘victory of truth over falsity’ falls far short of conveying the joy it brings, the enthusiastic homeward movement of people it generates, and the boisterous festivities it accompanies for full two weeks.
Foolpati is the 7th day of Bada Dashain. On this day people collect flowers and other sacred plant leaves and place them on the altar, the Dashain Ghar, erected on the first day called Ghatasthapana.
The eighth day of Dashain is known as Maha Ashtami. A large number of goats, buffaloes, and other domestic fowl are sacrificed in homes and temples nationwide.
This is the 9th day of Dashain, when people worship their tools and instruments. This symbolises the worship for prosperity, as the tools they worship represent the skill utilised for earning a living.
Mythologically, the tenth day of Dashain marks the culmination of the Goddess Durga’s victory in the battles over the demons along with their legions.
The tenth and the most important day of Dashain, Vijaya (Bijaya) Dashami (also, Bada Dashain or Tika), marks the conclusion of the truth vs. falsity battle, reminding everyone that truth always prevails, sooner or later.
Dashain transports the most sustained festive bliss among the people of Nepal as it is their longest, most important festival of the year.
Tihar or Deepawali is one of the most spectacular Hindu festivals, and is often referred to as the 'festival of lights.'
Nepal Sambat, the new year of the Newar community in Nepal, falls generally between mid-October and mid-November.
Two days before Vijaya Dashami, Nepalis celebrate Maha Astami, exhibiting tantric rituals of sacrificing animals to their deities.
On this day, animal sacrifices are offered to vehicles and other tools by most Nepalis, while Newars offer additional sacrifices to their family deities (kul devata).