Festivals in Nepal

First of all, keep in mind, Nepal is has a long and rich history of diverse cultures and religions. While this country is not the only country of high Himalayan. Nepal is the Land of Festivals‘ with at least one part of the country celebrating a festival almost every day of the year. There are more than 50 festivals celebrated in Nepal every year. While the national festivals have fixed dates, religious festivals in Nepal are set by astrologers following the lunar calendar.

In addition, Festivals in Nepal is linked with the memory of the departed soul, to herald a different season, to mark the beginning or end of the agricultural cycle, to mark national events or for family celebrations. The best part about the festivals in Nepal is that all the occasion are celebrated with the same galore and passion the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people had no other means of recreation. As your need and interest to see and experience the festival with your trekking in Nepal, Plase contact us. Trekking Trail Nepal will manage the Itinerary wit mix of Trekking and Tours with exciting festivals in Nepal.

While on every festival in Nepal people take their ritual bath. Consequently, worship different gods and goddesses of a different religion, visit the temple, stupas, monasteries and observe fasting and undertake to feast. The most important aspect of Nepalese culture is the religious harmony, which is why there is such a close link between Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists.

In conclusion, you will find a festival almost every day every week in Nepal. Since each of Nepal's 70plus ethnic groups has festivals celebrated in a family, relatives, temples, monasteries, public places even in narrow streets of the village. Since Nepalese festivals are scheme based on lunar calendar, which does not coexist with the solar calendar currently used in Nepal neither the Gregorian calendar.

FESTIVALS IN NEPAL 

Nepal, as a multi-religious and multicultural country, observes different festivals throughout the year. As a rich country in diversity, the festivals celebrated in Nepal are also from different religious and cultural faiths prevalent in the country. Apart from being religiously and culturally important part of Nepalese life, the festivals in the country also play an important role in
socialization and developing a strong bond in the community. These festivals are also the time for Nepalese to express their happiness; be in the mood of celebration and preserve their culture and tradition. Although the basic trait of Nepalese people is to stay happy, calm and friendly,
festivals are the occasions to express themselves in the happier selves.

There are several different occasions and reasons why the festivals are so widely celebrated. As a country that believes in tradition and faith, people living here live by different ancient and ritual stories since their very childhood. Their life, family, society and whole lifestyle is determined by the faith that they have had for ages. So the celebration of festivals, for Nepalese, is not only happy mood booster but it’s also their way of life.

Diverse ethnicity, more than 125 different ethnic groups, and culture have made Nepal so unique that boasts unique lifestyle too. From planting and harvesting crops to celebrating the change of seasons and from the religious celebration to dedication to faith, all kinds of festivals make Nepal unique. When you travel to Nepal, you are most likely to observe one of those festivals, major or local, no matter what time of the year. Here is a list of some major festivals that are widely celebrated and also some important local festivals.

Festivals in Nepal throughout the year.

Festivals

Place

Month

Maghe Sankranti

Low and Midland.

January

Losar

High and Midland

February

Shiva Ratri

Whole country

February

Fagu Purnima ( Holi )

Whole country

March

Ramnawami

Mid Land

March

Ghota Jatra
Ghode Jatra, the festival of horses, is a yearly sports event taking place at the Tundikhel parade ground in central Kathmandu. Its roots go back several hundred years, though it is also associated with older religious traditions. At midnight as the parade grounds, the image of Bhadra Kali and her sister goddess are carried from their respective third sister goddess is then brought from another locality and made a bow before. The actual horse racing is conducted with great gusto and spectators come from all over the valley as well as from more distant, to witness the exciting events. 

Kathmandu

April

Seto macchendra Jatra

Katmandu

April

Rato macchendra Jatra

Katmandu

May

Buddha Jayanti

High and Midland

May

Nagpanchami

Midland

July- August

Janai Purnima

Low and Midland

July-August

Gaijatra

Kathmandu

August

Teej

Midland

September

Bada Dashaina

Low and Midland

September-October

Tihar

Low and Midland

October- November

Mani Rimdu

Thyangboche

November

 

Ghode Jatra