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Festivals & Events

Nepal Festivals and Events

January – June



Basant Panchami
Katmandu and Swayambhunath, Nepal
February

This festival in Nepal is known as the festival for honoring Saraswati, as she was the goddess of learning, so this festival is mainly for students.

 


Losar
Throughout the Country
February

This is the Tibetan New Year.

 



HOLI (Festival of Colour)
Katmandu, Nepal
March
www.holifestival.org

This festival in Nepal is the ultimate in colorful festivals, everyone throwing colored water or paint over everyone else.

 



Maha Shivaratri
Pashupatinath, Nepal
March

 



Chaitra Dasain
Throughout the Country
April

This festival in Nepal takes place six months prior to the more important Dasain celebration, as goats and buffaloes are sacrificed.

 



Bisket Festival
Chaitra Daisan, Nepal
April

This festival in Nepal is one of the biggest events in the country

 

Bisket Jatra
Bhaktapur, Nepal
April

This festival in Nepal sees villagers haul a decorated chariot through town amid cheering onlookers. At the end of the trail, the eastern and western sides of Bhaktapur compete in a tug-of-war over chariot and whoever wins is blessed with good fortune for the coming year.

 

 

Buddha Jayanti
Katmandu and Swayambhunath, Nepal
May

 

 

 

 

 

July – December


Cow Festival
Katmandu, Nepal
August

 



Krishna Jayanti
Patan, Nepal
August

 



Teej (Women’s Festival)
Pashupatinath, Nepal
August

This festival in Nepal lasts for three days and honors the women’s husbands, so they can have a long married life.

 



Dasain Festival
Katmandu, Nepal
October

This festival in Nepal is a 10-day festival that is one of the most popular in the Nepalese calendar. Dashain celbrates the triumphs of the Hindu gods and goddesses over demons. There are events all over the country, but the best is arguably in the capital, Kathmandu.

 



Maini Rimdu
Solu Khumbu, Nepal
November

 



Tihar (Festival of Lights)
Throughout the Country
November

This festival in Nepal lasts for five days

 

Haribodhini Ekadashi (Hindu Feast)
Pashupatinath, Nepal
November

 

 



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