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Welcome to Nepalese Festivals Page

Nepal is the ‘Land of Festivals’ with at least one part of the country celebrating a festival every day of the year. Festivals may be 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 etc. On a festival day the Nepalese take their ritual bath, worship different gods and goddesses, visit the temple, observe fasting and undertake feasting. The most important aspect of Nepalese culture is the religious harmony and that is why understanding prevailing among the Hindus and Buddhists.

Nepal's major Festivals and Public Holidays - 2013

 

Months

Day

Festivals / public holidays

January

1

Year 2013 begins

January

11

Prithvi Jayanti and National Unity Day

January

14

Maghe Sankranti (Sankhamul and Devghat)

January

24

Lhosar (Tibetian New Year)

January

26

Shree Swasthani Brata begins

January

29

National Martyrs' Day

January

 

Shree Panchami Shree Swasthani Brata ends

February

11

Shree Swatani Brata end

February

18

Prajatantra Diwas (National Democracy Day)

March

8

International Women Day and Shree Ram Nawami / Chaitra Dasain, Shree Seto Machindranath Jatra

March

9

Basant Ritu begins, Shree Machindranath Snan in Nala

March

10

Maha Shiva Ratri

March

26

Fagu Purnima (Happy Holi or Festval of colors)

April

10

Ghode Jatra

April

6

Shree Hanuman Jayanti, Mela in Balaju

April

12

Bhaktapur (Bisket Jatra)

April

14

Nepali New Year (2069 begins)

April

24

Loktantra Diwas (Democracy day)

May

1

(Labour Day)

May

9

Mother's day and Kanun Diwas

May

3

Press Freedom Day

May

25

Buddha Jayanti - Birthday of Lord Buddha

May

29

Republic Day

May

31

Smoking control day

June

5

International environment day

July

10

Shree Jaganath Yatra

July

11

World population day

July

20

International Refuge day

July

22

Guru Purnima

August

11

Nag Panchami

August

21

Janai Purnima

August

22

Gai Jatra (In Kathmandu)

August

28

Krishna Janmastam (In Patan)

September

5

Father's Day

September

8

Educational day and Teej

September

10

Rishi Panchami

September

11

International Tourism day

September

14

Children's Day

Septermber

18

Indra Jatra

September

21

International peace day

October

5 to 18 October

Dashain Festival Starts for 14 days

October

11

Fulpati

October

12

Maha Astami

October

13

Maha Nawami

October

14

Bijaya Dashami (Main Day of Festival)

October

18

Kojagrat Purnima (End of Dashain Festival)

November

1-5 November

Tihar Festival starts

November

1

Crow Festival

November

2

Dog Festival

November

3

Laxmi Puja

November

4

Gobardhan Puja/Nepal Sambat New Year

November

5

Bhai Tika (Main day of Festival)

November

9

Chhat Parba

November

20

International child right day

December

1

Aids Day

December

3

Apanga Diwas

December

7

Janakpur Mela (Bibha Panchai)

December

10

Human Rights Day

December

17

Dhanya Purnima