Note: The holidays in Nepal vary from year to year in regards to
specific western calendar dates. The Nepalese have their own calendar
system dating back thousands of years.
Maghe Sankranti The first day of the month of Magh.
Shahid Diwas Martyr's day in Nepal remembering the first four
Martyrs of Nepal.
Sonam Losar One out of the four Losars celebrated specially by the
Saraswati Puja Schools celebrate this day by worshiping Goddess
Saraswati, Hindu Goddess of knowledge, music, arts and nature.
Prajatantra Diwas Democracy day of Nepal.
Maha Shivaratri Celebrated in reverence of Lord Shiva.
Chhath Nepali people of Madhesi and hill ethnicity of Terai.
International Women's Day
Fagu Purnima Also known as holi, the festival of colors. In Terai
region of Nepal, this festival is celebrated on the next day.
Ghode Jatra Observed primarily in Kathmandu valley with horse
parades in Tundikhel.
Ram Nawami Birthday of Lord Rama.
Navabarsha Nepalese New Year or the first day of Bikram Sambat
Loktantra Diwas Democracy day of Nepal.
Majdur Diwas International labor day.
Buddha Jayanti Birth date of Lord Gautam Buddha, born in Nepal.
Ganatantra Diwas Republic day in Nepal.
Janai Purnima and Raksha Bandhan Sacred thread festival, Janai
Purnima marks the renewal of the sacred thread by Brahmins. Raksha
Bandhan celebrates the holi bond between brothers and sisters.
Gaijatra Celebrated only in Kathmandu, this festival worships
cows. Also a day when commemoration of the dead takes place.
Krishna Janmashtami Celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna
Teej Celebrated by mostly women for the wellness of their husband.
Rishi Panchami Celebrated only by women by fasting to show
gratitude to the ancient preachers.
Gaura Parwa Celebrated mostly in far western Nepal, this festival
is observed in other parts as well.
Indra Jatra Celebrated only in Kathmandu, commemorates the
founding of Kathmandu. Ghatasthapana The beginning of Dashain.
Fulpati Seventh day of Dashain when jamara is brought from Gorkha
palace to Kathmandu.
Maha Asthami The day to appease Goddess Durga’s manifestations,
the blood-thirsty Kali.
Maha Navami is the last day of Navaratri.
Bijaya Dashami Elders bless the children.
Ekadashi Eleventh day of Dashain where the celebration continues.
Duwadashi The final consecutive holiday of Dashain celebration.
Kojagrat Purnima Final full moon day after which Dashain
Laxmi Puja In the morning cows are worshipped. Later, usually
during the evenings, Laxmi, Goddess of wealth is worshipped.
Mha Puja and Govardhan Puja People worship themselves, oxen and
Bhaitika Sisters worship their brothers. Gifts are exchanged
Chhath Parwa A festival dedicated to Hindu Sun God.
Guru Nanak Jayanti Sikhs celebrate the birth of first Sikh.
Yomari punhi Celebrates the end of rice harvests. Special dish of
rice flour filled with brown cane sugar is prepared.
12/25 Christmas Commemoration of birth of Jesus Christ.
Tamu Lhosar Losar celebrated mostly by the Gurung Community.
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