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Festivals in Nepal

Nepal has the majority of Hindu followers then come Buddhist. Hindus have festivals round the year which are interesting to observe and some of them are colorful and vibrant. Some of the important festivals in Nepal appears as below:

Holidays and festivals in Nepal
Name of the festival: Buddha Jayanti
When: Jestha Purnima (Full moon night-May/June)
Duration: 1 day
Birth day of Lord Buddha
Place of celebration: Specially, in Buddhist people/Birth place of Buddha
Lumbini

Name of the festival: Gaijatra
When: Bhadra (August-September)
Duration: 1 day
Meaning: The procession of cows (worship God of death Yamraj)
Place of celebration: Kathmandu Valley / Hindus people all round Nepal

Name of the festival: Teej Ko Darkhane Din
When: Bhadra (August/September)
Duration: 1 night 2 days
Meaning: fasting festival for women
Place of celebration:/ All round Nepal Hindus/Buddhist women

Name of the festival: Indrajatra
When: Bhadra (August/September)
Duration: 1 day
Meaning: worship God of heaven
Place of celebration: Kathmandu/ Both Hindus and Buddhists

Name of the festival: Dashain (equals to x’mas for Christians)
When: Ashwoj/ Kartik (September and October)
Duration: 15 days
Meaning: biggest, longest and the most auspicious festival
Place of celebration: All round Nepal, Hindus/Buddhist

Name of the festival: Tihar Holidays ‘Festival of lights’
When: Kartik (October/November)
Duration: 5 days
Meaning: worship Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth/Lighting / animal worship/ brother- sister Place of celebration: all round Nepal, Hindus/Buddhist

Name of the festival: Maha Shiva Ratri
When: Fagun (February/March)
Duration: 1 night
Meaning: Lord Shiva’s night
Place of celebration: Hindus people / Pashupatinath Temple

Name of the festival: Fagun Purnima ‘Holi’ – festival of colors
When: late February or on early March
Duration: 1 to 2 days
Meaning: mythical demons Holika, it is a day when the feast of colours is celebrated.
Place of celebration: Kathmandu / Tarai part of Nepal

Name of the festival: Ghode Jatra
When: Chaitra (March/April)
Duration: 1 day
Meaning: Horse racing day
Place of celebration: Kathmandu

Name of the festival: Lhosar –Buddhist festival
When: February/March.
Duration: 1 day
Meaning: Tibetan New Year
Place of celebration: Khumbu, Helambu and other northern regions of Nepal

Name of the festival: Rato Macchendranath Jatra
When: Begins on the full moon day of Baisakh
Duration: several days
Meaning: Worship for rain God
Place of celebration: Patan/ Kathmandu

Name of the festival: Mani Rimdu
When: Full moon of the 9th Tibetan month Feb/march
Duration: 3 days
Meaning: Rimdu is the biggest event of the year for the Sherpas
Place of celebration: Khumbu region Thyangboche Gompa