Festivals Of Nepal

22 January, 2023 By Dambar Khadka

Overview Festivals Of Nepal

The Festivals of Nepal: Everyone says Nepal is a beautiful garden of flowers and an open museum. We have many cases, cultures, and religions. So, Nepal is rich in cultural diversity. People live in the Himalayas, Hilly, and Terai regions from east to west. They celebrate many different festivals. Festivals in Nepal begin with religion and move with a blessed spirit into a pleasant family. We are providing a Mount Everest tour by helicopter during the festival to enjoy the views of the Mount Everest Himalayan range from Kathmandu.

Nepalese religion has been influenced by and has always been the core of Nepali culture. Some of the major festivals in Nepal are Dashain, Tihar, Maghe Sankranti, Lhosar, Maha Shivaratri, Fagu Poornima (Holi), Buddha Jayanti, and Teej.

Dashain Festival

Dashain Festival of Nepal
Dashain Festival of Nepal

Dashain Festival is the most important festival for Hindu people in Nepal. It is celebrated in October and November. During this festival, they worship Durga and take Tika as a holy prasad. During the Dashain festival, all the relatives get together and receive blessings from senior citizens. It is also a festival of joyful moments with lots of happiness. During this festival, children have more craze to buy new clothes, visit their relatives’ houses, kite fly, and go to village swings, which are the highlights of Dashain.

Tihar Festivals Of Nepal

Tihar Festival is the second main festival in Nepal. It is held in November. It is a festival of lights, colorful decorations, fancy sweets, and juicy fruits. Tihar is a festival of 5 days, whereas the first and second days are the days of bird crow and dog puja, and the third and fourth days are Goddess Laxmi and Govardhan puja. The fifth day is Bhai-tika, where we exchange the tika between brothers and sisters.

So it is also known as Bhai Tika in Nepal. On the day of Bhai Tika, sisters and brothers get together and accept tika from each other. This day is called Brother’s Day. Brother and sister honor each other on this day, and every sister is praying for a long and prosperous life for her brothers to the god and goddess.

Maghe Sankranti Festivals Of Nepal

Maghe Sankranti Festival is the festival in which, in the month of Magh (January and February), the sun enters the southern hemisphere, and the days begin to grow longer and warmer. Lord Vishnu God is thanked for his efforts. Hindus take an early morning bath in the Holy River wherever they are, visit the temple of the god Vishnu, and present flowers, incense, and food to him. They read the Bhagavad Gita, the Song of the Gods.

Lhosar Festivals Of Nepal

Lhosar Festival Nepal is a small country, but there are a lot of different communities of people who are used to living together. They celebrate their festival in their costumes. Similarly, the celebration of Tamang, Magar, Gurung, and other Himalayan communities of Nepal. It is celebrated in December, February, and March.

There are three types of Lhosar festivals: Tamu Lhosar, Soman Lhosar, and Galpo Lhosar. As part of the festivities, the Buddhist community holds prayer meetings at monasteries and stupas specially decorated for the Lhosar events. People decorated homes with beautiful colors, and relatives and friends exchanged greetings with each other. Lhosar is a festive occasion for people to sing and dance, dressing up for many days. Cultural performances are also held during the Lhosar festival. However, the Tamu Lhosar celebrate Gurung people in the Annapurna region and Sonam Lhosar Tamang people In the Langtang region of Nepal.

Maha Shivaratri FestivalsOf Nepal

The Maha Shivaratri Festival is one of the most important festivals of the Hindu religion and is held in March. Maha Shivaratri is Shiva’s great birthday. On the day, early in the morning, Shiva temples are flocked by devotees. Shiva devotees observe fast throughout the day and night. They perform various rituals on this day, such as doing Rudra Abhishek and milking over the Shiva statue.

Fagu Purnima (Holi) Festivals Of Nepal

Holi Festival of Nepal
Holi Festival of Nepal

Fagu Poornima (Holi) Festival is a festival of colorful moments. It is celebrated in March. It marks the death of the devil, Holika. The reincarnation of Kali Kill the Devil HOLIKA, and people are happy with it. During the festival, the children share a handful of colored powder, which makes it a pleasure. In the Terai region, they celebrate it the next day when the people of Kathmandu Valley celebrate it. During the day, children are more excited to play with their family, friends, and senior citizens.

Buddha Jayanti Festivals Of Nepal

Buddha Jayanti Festival is a special occasion for both Hindus and Buddhists. They celebrate the date of the Birth of Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. His birthplace is in Lumbini, Kapilvasthu district of Nepal, in the Terai region of Nepal. All the Buddhists and pilgrims from abroad honor the Buddha who was born on this day, most notably at the great stupas. Activity at the main Buddhist stupas are shrines beginning at Swayambhunath, Lumbini, Namobuddha, and Boudhanath, famous sites to worship during Buddha Jayanti in Nepal.

Teej Festival Festivals Of Nepal

Teej Festival of Nepal
Teej Festival of Nepal

Teej Festival is the Hindu festival of Nepalese womanhood. It is held in August/September. Dancing, singing folk songs, and every woman wearing a red color, which dominates the day of the TEEJ festival in Nepal. The day recalls the heavenly occasion when Parvati, daughter of the Himalayas, won the hand of Lord Shiva after extended meditation and fasting.

On the first day of Teej, her mother sends her gifts, food, and sarees to their daughter’s house, and groups of women gather to feast. Similarly, Every woman worships Shiva (goad) to make a happy and productive long life for her husband.

Similarly, these are Nepal’s common festivals that are celebrated in Nepalese society. Nepalese people share their beautiful moments with their family members and relatives during the festival with lots of fun and happiness. However, some Buddhist People of Nepal celebrate the TIJI festival in the Upper Mustang of the Annapurna conservation area. The Tiji festival is trendy during the Spring season. People can travel to the upper Mustang by jeep during a Tiji festival.

Mani Rimdu Festivals In Sagarmatha

Sherpa people’s most significant festival in the Everest region is the Mani Rimdu festival, which falls for nine days. The etymological meaning of Mani is a chanting part of Chenrezig, and Rimdu signifies the red medication, which is blessed. The festival is celebrated during the 10th lunar month of the Tibetan calendar, which is held from October to November in English date. October and November are the best trekking season in the Everest region, so thousands of trekkers from different countries visit this place. People celebrate and meditate during the Mani Rimdu festival.

Similarly, The Mani Rimdu festival is celebrated in the Tengboche Monastery of the Everest region, which is the main trail of the Everest Base Camp Trekking or the final destination of the Everest Panorama Trekking. The Buddhist monks and the Sherpa people made a sand mandala diagram, which was brought from a unique hill.

After the Mandala is colored in four days, another ten days are spent on special celebrations. People dance and enjoy the celebration, and the monks perform some shows to avoid the evil forces of the world. The festival ends with a special blessing ceremony by the Tengboche Rinpoche, and monks perform masked dances. The festival’s ending demonstrates the defeat of evil forces, and peace and prosperity prevail. Similarly, there are no small Festivals in Nepal. These are the main Festivals of Nepal.

The Mani Rimdu festival has increased the trekking and mountaineering in the Everest region—even the Gokyo Valley trekkers like to visit this monastery. Mani Rimdi festival trekking trips are also organized on specific dates. What a combination of the Sherpa cultural affluence with the Mani Rimdu festival and the trekking to Everest Base Camp!!!

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Dambar Khadka

Dambar Khadka, a passionate adventurer and the founder of Boundless Adventure Nepal, has spent his entire life writing about nature and Nepal's developing tourism business. Dambar's passion with nature and its different cultures began as a child in Nepal's stunning landscapes. He began writing following successful treks and expeditions across Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan. Dambar Khadka created Boundless Adventure Nepal in 1992 to share the majesty of the Nepal Himalayas with the rest of the planet. As an explorer and writer, he is committed to responsible tourism and cultural connection, allowing readers and adventurers to immerse themselves in Nepal's enchantment through his works.

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