Festivals of Nepal

Holy manNepal is the ‘Land of Festivals’ with at least one part of the country celebrating a festival every day of the year. Festivals may be linked with the memory of the departed soul, to herald a different season, to mark the beginning or end of the agricultural cycle, to mark national events or for family celebrations etc... On a festival day the Nepalese take their ritual bath, worship different gods and goddesses, visit the temple, observe fasting and undertake feasting. The most important aspect of Nepalese culture is the religious harmony and that is why understanding prevailing among the Hindus and Buddhists.


Nepal's major Festivals and Public Holidays - 2017

Months Day Festivals / Public Holidays
January 1 New Year
January 15 Maghe  Pharbha
January 25 Sarswoti Puja
January  30 Martyr’s Memorial Day
February 9 Sonam Lohsar
February  19 Democracy Day
March 7 Maha Shivaratri
March  5 Fagu Purnima (Happy Holi or Festval of colors)
March 6 Terai Holi
March 8 Women's Day
March  20 Ghode Jatra
March 29 Chaite Dashain
April 13 Nepali New Year
April 15 Ram Nawami
April  23 Loktantra Diwas
May   1 Labour Day
May 21 Buddha Jayanti
May  28 Ganatantra Diwas
June 20 World Rufugee day
June 29 Curd bitten rice day
July 19 Teachers day
August  18 Janai Purnema/Rakshya Bandan
August  19 Gai Jatra
August  25 Shree Krishna Janmaastami
    Nagh Panchami
September 4 Hari Talika (Teej)
September 6 Rishi Panchami
September 14 Children's Day- Indra Jatra
September  17 Bishwokarma Puja
October 1 Ghatasthapana (Dashain Festival Starts)
October 8 Phulpati
October  9 Maha Astami
October  10 Maha Nawami
October 11 Bijaya Dashami
October 15 Kojagrat Purnima
October 30 Laxmi Puja
October 31 Gobhardhan Puja
November 1 Bhai Tika
November 6 Chhath Parba
December 1 World AIDS Day
December 30 Tamu Lhosar