Festivals of Nepal

Nepal is not only the naturally rich country, but it is also rich in the festivals. Every Year more than 50 festivals are celebrated in Nepal. The government set a fixed date of every National festival according to the astrologer’s lunar calendar. Each festival is celebrated with the same enthusiasm and glory the way it was used to celebrate by our ancestors when there was no any means of entertainments. A multicultural country, Nepal has more than sixty ethnic groups with their unique languages, culture, religions, beliefs, rituals, costumes and philosophy. Each ethnic group will follow their own religions and according to their own religion, cultural practices, traditions, and social events, they celebrate their festivals. Nepal is a country where whole years there is a celebration of festivals. Each day is full of celebrations in one or other communities. In Nepal, there is a regional, communal, and seasonal festival to celebrate. Most of the festivals celebrated in Nepal have a religious connotation and some are based on significant events from ancient mythology and epic literature. Some are a major festival that is celebrated by every ethnic community of Nepal. These are; Dashine, Tihar, Teej, Losar, Nepali New Year, Buddha Jayanti, Gai Jatra, Janai Purnima, Shree Krishna Janmashtami, Fagun Purnima, the Holi, Maghe the Sankranti, Indra Jatra, Maha Shivaratri, Ghode Jatra, Chaite Dashine, and many other ethnic festivals.

These famous festivals unfold joy of happiness and excitements to the Nepalese people throughout Nepal. Dashine, the biggest and longest festival of Nepal. It is one of the most auspicious festivals, which is a celebration of Goddess Durga’s victory over evil Mahisashur. Dashine is also known as Bijaya Dashami. It is mostly celebrated in the months of October to November (Autumn Season). It is the most pleasant month in terms of climate and weather in Nepal. The Bada Dashine is celebrated for 15 days. Likewise, the second highest and most important festival in Nepal is Tihar, which is also known as Dipawali. Tihar is a festival of colors, flowers, and lights dedicated to Goddess Laxmi. It is celebrated for 5 days. Tihar is falling in the late month of October to November. Next important festival is Teej, it is especially celebrated by the Nepali women in Nepal. In Teej, most of the women used to take fasting for their husband long life, good health and success in the carrier. It is believed that it makes a good relationship between husband and wife. This famous Haritalika Teej falls in September and it is celebrated for 3 days. The Losar is a festival celebration of Tibetan new year. This famous festival is celebrated by the Buddhist community situated in the north Himalaya of Nepal. Especially ethnic group such as; Tamang, Sherpa, Gurung communities celebrate this festival. People usually celebrate this festival by gathering around the stupa and dressed in a wide variety of beautiful traditional costumes and together enjoy with singing, dancing, and feasting. Maghe Sankranti is also another famous festival in Nepal, which is celebrated by the first day of Magh month. In this day people usually take a holy bath and eat delicious fudges such as; laddoo, cake, sweet potatoes, ghee and many more. Mahashivaratri is also another famous festival in Nepal which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is the celebration of the birthday of the supreme god of the Hindu mythological figure. There are so many other ethnic festivals celebrated