|| Festivals Of Nepal ||
Nepal has more festivals than the number of days in a year. A festival is always a meaningful and memorable event in the life of Nepalese people. Every festival has some purpose to serve. From bringing in the rain to honoring the dead or averting calamities, every festival has something spiritual about it. Festival is a way of life in Nepal. With the number of festivals that Nepal has, it is one of the best ways to understand and appreciate the Nepalese ways of life. For the Nepalese the festival cycle is not a tradition but a guide to what to do and when. The festival marks the appropriate seasonal activity, the annual chores, the weather patterns.
Nepal is known as a garden of 4 castes and 36 ethnic groups. Each of them living in harmony with each other. All of them are rich in their own cultures and traditions. They all have their own gods, their own religious ways of calling their gods. They have colourful festivals all year round. In fact, each day there is a festival of one or the other caste.
Nepal follows it’s own calendar which is known as B.S. (Bikram Sambadh). Just as any other calendar has, Nepali calendar have 12 months starting from Baisakh, Jestha, Ashad, Srawan, Bhadra, Ashwin, Kartik, Mangsir, Poush, Margh, Falghun and Chaitra. Below is a table that show when these months falls according to English calendar followed by a festival calendar. To visit Nepal, one should always coincide with one of these festivals to witness not just the natural beauty but culturally too.
|BAISAKH 31 days||April – May|
|JESTHA 31 days||May – June|
|ASHAD 32 days||June – July|
|SRAWAN 31 days||July – Aug.|
|BHADRA 31 days||Aug. – Sept.|
|ASHWIN 31 days||Sept. – Oct.|
|KARTIK 30 days||Oct. – Nov.|
|MANGSIR 29 days||Nov. – Dec.|
|POUSH 29 days||Dec. – Jan.|
|MARGH 30 days||Jan. – Feb.|
|FALGHUN 29 days||Feb. – March|
|CHAITRA 31days||March – April|
It is said about Nepal that every other day structure is a holy shrine and every other day a festival. Festivals are an essential part of Nepalese life that garner tremendous local participation. Festivals also offer visitors a valuable opportunity not only for having fun but gaining insight into various aspects of Nepalese culture. We have arranged the festivals in order of English calendar. The religious festivals follow the lunar calendar, while national festivals have fixed dates. Whenever you arrive in Nepal, you can be pretty sure of being at the right time for one or more special events.