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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.

 

NEPALI BS

ENGLISH CALENDAR

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.

FESTIVAL NAMES DATES
Seto Machhendranath washing festival Jan I – II week
Tibetan New Year (LHOSAR) Jan last week
Basanta Panchami Feb. 2nd week.
1001 Lights in Boudhanath Feb 3rd week.
Mahashivaratri, Shiva’s night at Pashupati March 2nd week
Holi, festival of colour and water balloon March 2nd week
Bhimsen’s Penis puja, March 3rd week
Ghode Jatra, horse festival in Kathmandu’s Tundikhel April 1st week
Sankhu Jatra, festival fare at Sankhu, old trading town April 3rd week
Seto Machhendranath chariot festival April 2nd week
Bisket Jatra,  Bhaktapur, Nepali New Year April 2nd week
Rato Machhendranath washing festival, Patan May
Buddha Jayanti, Lord Buddha’s birthday May last week
Dumji (Sherpa festival) July
Krishnaaastami (Lord Krishna’s Birthday) July – August
Gai Jatra, Cow festival, whole Kathmandu Aug 3rd week
Teej Brata, fasting by women, festival in Pashupati Sept. 2nd week.
Indra Jatra, Lord Indra’s chariot festival Sept. 3rd week
Dashain, Nepal’s biggest and colourful festival Oct. 2nd week
Tihar or Diwali, festival of colourful lights Nov. 1st week
Bala Chaturdasi (Pashupatinath Temple) Nov. 2nd week
Mani Rimbdu (Everest Region) Nov.