“Nepal is a country with more temples than houses, more god and goddess than people, and more festivals than days in a Year” as said by Sir Kirk Patrick. He was the first recorded Westerner to visit Nepal.
Nepal has more than 125 different ethnic groups mainly of Indian and Tibetan origin. All these ethnic groups have a distinct lifestyle and a different tradition resulting in colorful vibrant festivals celebrated in the pretext of socio-cultural heritage.
The rich heritage of Hinduism and Buddhism has resulted in numerous festivals and occasions to celebrate. The festivals in Nepal are one of the major reasons behind the strong unity and tolerance among the people here.
Though the Nepalese have diverse beliefs and ethnic backgrounds, all unite in the celebration of the year’s major festivals. Some festivals are celebrated throughout the nation whereas some festivals such as Bisket Jatra, Rato Machchhendranath, and Mani Rimdu are celebrated by particular ethnic communities but still observed and participated by the whole country.
Let’s have a look at some of the major festivals of Nepal. You can plan your holidays based on the festival schedule to make your trip to Nepal a much exciting one. The celebration and festivals are based on the lunar calendar so the dates change every year for the festivals.
List of Major festivals in Nepal
01- 14th Jan – Maghe Sankranti
02- 10th Mar– Maha Shiva Ratri
03- 12th Feb– Gyalbo Lhosar
04- 26th and27th Mar- Holi (Fagu Purnima) – Festival of color
05- 10th Apr-Ghode Jatra
06- 14th Apr New Year day (Nepalese) – 2070
07- 19th Apr – Ram Navami
08- 06th, 07th, and 08th May-Tiji Festival in Lo Manthang-Mustang
09- 25th May-Budha Jayanti, the day of birth of Lord Buddha.
10- 25th May- Saga Dawa Festival at Tarboche, foot of Mt. Kailash
11- 11th Aug-Nag Panchami
12- 21st and 22nd Aug- Janai Purnima and Gai Jatra:
13- 28th August -Shree Krishna Janmashtami
14- 9th Sep – Teej – festival for women:
15- 18th Sep – Indra Jatra:
16- 05th to 18th Oct-Dasain:
17- 5th Oct- Ghatasthapana:
18- 11th Oct- Phulpati:
19- 12th Oct – Durga Puja (Maha Asthami) – Mass animal sacrificing day:
20- 13th Oct – Mahanavami:
21- 14th Oct-Vijaya Dasami (Tika):
22- 8th Oct- Kojagrat Purnima:
23- 3rd to 5th Nov- Tihar/Deepawali (festival of lights):
24- 3rd Nov-Laxmi Puja:
25- 4th Nov – Gai Puja (Gobardhan Puja):
26- 05th Nov – Bhai Tika:
27- 9th Nov – Chhath Parva
28- 13-10th Nov - Mani Rimdu in Tengboche, Mani Rimdu in Chiwong Monastery – Everest region
29- 7th Dec – Bibah Panchami at Janakpur.
Also Read: Festival Tour in Nepal