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Festivals in Nepal

 

Major Fastivals

Commence with the religion, ends as social event is practice of Nepali festival. Consulting the lunar calendar selected astrologers fixed the dates of festivals. There are more than 50 major festival in a year celebrated by Nepalese people. The very major festival are Dashain (victory of Goddess Durga over demond “Maishasur”) followed by Tihar ( festival of lights). Nepali festival are greatly manifest by dance, songs, foods, art, family gathering.

January 

  • Maghesangranti ( Bulls fight  and Advent of summer season)

Nepalese people watch bulls fight during Maghesangranti festival in Taraka village, Nuwakot district some 80 kilometers from Kathmandu.A half-tonne bull enters the ring,  snorting and rearing, before running at full pelt towards a section of  spectators, drawing screams of fear and delight from the frenzied crowd. It could be a scene from any Spanish arena but this is bullfighting  Nepal-style, with thousands trekking deep into the Himalayan foothills to watch  a centuries-old spectacle whose popularity is growing even as its appeal wanes  in Europe. Every year thousands of Nepalis come to see the animals fight at a festival  marking Maghe Sankranti, the first day of the tenth month in the nation’s  calendar when villagers celebrate an end to winter and usher in warmer weather.

February 

  • Lhosar

New year of Tibetan people from Mongolian tribe, celebrates this festival with pujas (religious offering or prayers) and prayer’s flag. People of Kathmandu celebrates this festival at Boudhanath, Swayambhunath and Patan.   

  • Maha Shivaratri 

Birthday of Mahadev Shiva, people from many countries of Hindu religion herald festivities at all Shiva temples, specially at  Pashupatinath. In this day small child block the road and ask for some money with the vehicle owner, isn’t that funny !!! . In that day, hundreds of sadhus use (vang, dhaturo) hashish and that is legal only for that day.

March

  • Holi

Festival of colors,when colored powder and water are produced distributed as a reminder of warm monsoon to came. This day can be special and interesting for foreigner, so keep you camera standby.

  • Chaitra Dashain

This festival used to the main festival in the very past practice. Due to the hot climate, Dashain is celebrated in October. In this day people manifest it gathering family member and sharing happiness by dancing, singing, eating delicious foods.

April

  • Budhha Jayanti

Birthday of Siddhratha Gautam (Buddha, Light of Asia) grandly celebrated at Lumbini where he was born. There is celebration in Swoyambhunath, Patan, Boudhhastupa where Tibetan religious painting “Thangkas” are displays for one day only. 

August

  • Naga Panchami (Worshiping Cobras )

Nag Panchami is a festival during which religious Hindus in some parts of Nepal worship live cobras or images of them. It is celebrated on the fifth day after Amavasya of the month of Shraavana.

It is not hard to catch colorful processions in different streets of the Valley almost every other day of the week. Cultural acts of dances and songs are integral parts of some celebrations while some celebrations are just quiet family gatherings. Grand celebrations like Ghode Jatra and Gai Jatra entertain participants and spectators every year.

  •  Baisakh Purnima

Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha. The anniversary of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death is observed on a full-moon day in May every year. People celebrate the occasion by paying homage to Buddha. Lumbini and Swayambhunath, Bouddhanath in Kathmandu are thronged with devotees during Buddha Jayanti.

  •  Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra is an eight-day carnival of dancing, singing, mirth and laughter. The festival usually falls in Julay or August. As part of the festival family members of those who died in the past year send people dressed as cow to parade on the streets.

  •  Maha Shiva Ratri

Shiva Ratri which literally means the Night of Lord Shiva, is celebrated by all Hindus in the month of February. Religious fairs are organized at several places. Thousands of devotees throng Pashupatinath Temple for a 'darshan' of Lord Shiva on this day.

  •  Dashain

Dashain is the most important festival among Nepalis. The entire population of Nepal celebrates the festival that falls between mid September to mid October. Nepalis celebrate Dashai by buying new clothes, eating good food and visiting family members. Card games are very popular during this time. Various fairs and celebration events are organized during the Dashain fortnight in both villages and cities

  •  Tihar

Tihar is the festival of lights. This five-day celebrations of Tihar fall in October or November generally a fortnight after Dashain and are partaken with equal joy by all Nepalis. Houses are illuminated at night and special sweets of different varieties are prepared. Tihar, like Dashain, is a series of family events. Goddess Lakshmi is remembered and offered worship on Lakshmi Puja Day.

  •  Dumji

Dumji is one of the sared ceremonies of the Sherpa community. It is celebrated in the month of July. Dumji is celebrated by the Sherpas in Namche region. The Sherpas of Kathmandu and Helambu regions also participate in dancing on this day.

  •  Lhosar

Lhosar which falls on a new-moon day in February is celebrated by Tibetan-speaking population. Songs and dances are organized in Kumbu region of Nepal. On this day devotees throng Bouddhanath in Kathmandu for celebration and worth.

 

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