Nepal Publisc Holidays

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.


January Holidays
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 Tamang community.


February Holidays
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.


March Holidays
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.


April Holidays
Ram Nawami Birthday of Lord Rama.
Navabarsha Nepalese New Year or the first day of Bikram Sambat calendar.
Loktantra Diwas Democracy day of Nepal.


May Holidays
Majdur Diwas International labor day.
Buddha Jayanti Birth date of Lord Gautam Buddha, born in Nepal.
Ganatantra Diwas Republic day in Nepal.


August Holidays
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.


September Holidays
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.


October Holidays
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 officially ends.
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 cowdung.
Bhaitika Sisters worship their brothers. Gifts are exchanged between them.
Chhath Parwa A festival dedicated to Hindu Sun God.


November Holiday
Guru Nanak Jayanti Sikhs celebrate the birth of first Sikh.


December Holidays
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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