Nepali Festivals- Name List of all the Festivals in Nepal

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Nepali Festivals- Name List of all the Festivals in Nepal 2016

It is an action or way of behaving. It is usual and traditional among the people in a particular group or place. It develops out of habit when we keep doing something regularly. It may be individual or collective. Hence, the custom is a common habit.

It is a way of thinking, behaving, or doing something by the people in a particular group, family, society, etc, for a long time. So, tradition is a set of customs, values, norms and established beliefs. A society is guided by them. They are closely related to our society, culture, and religion. Customs and traditions are the results of something practiced over a long period of time. Rites, rituals, worships, festivals etc that we observe from birth to death are directed by religion. They are passed on from generation to generations by word of mouth, practice, folklore, proverbs and saying.


Since Nepal is a multi-religious country, its people follow different customs and traditions, which may differ from place to place.

Nepali festivals vary from east to west region of Nepal. There’re many festivals in Nepal. Searching Nepali festivals or festivals in Nepal, you’re in place.

Nepal is not only the birthplace of Lord Buddha; but also the land of festivals. Nepal is not only the land of Mt. Everest but also the land with tremendous of culture’ variation. There are more than 100 festivals celebrated in Nepal every year. Although most of the Nepalese festivals are religious some have historical significance, while others are seasonal celebrations. Most Nepalese festivals are related to different Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses and they are celebrated on such days consecrated for them by religion and tradition.

For the Nepalese, festivals are not merely the annual spectacles, but also are a living part of their rich cultural heritage. There are also some festivals which are observed in honor of personal relatives such as the festival of Matatirtha (for mothers), Gokarna Ausi (for fathers), Gaijatra (for the ones who are passed away). Every festival has some purpose to serve; such as to bring rain or to have a good harvest, to honor a mother or father, to avert calamities or to nourish one’s soul with something spiritual.


Some festivals are of national significance such as Dashain, a celebration of Goddess Bhagabati’s victory over evil Mahisashur, and Tihar, a celebration of lights dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, and some are confined to the Katmandu Valley, while still others are celebrated only within one or two villages or cities. While the national festivals have fixed dates, religious festivals are set by astrologers following the lunar calendar. The best part about the festivals in Nepal is that all the events are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and galore the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people had no other means of entertainment.

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.

Nepali Festivals- Name List of the Festivals in Nepal 2016

Below is the list of the most popular festival in Nepal 2016 or Nepali Festivals 2073:

Names of Nepali Festivals

Celebrated in the month

In English Date


Celebrated in the month

In Nepali Date


Navavarsha (Nepali New Year)AprilBaisakh
Bisket JatraAprilBaisakh
Lok Tantra DibasAprilBaisakh
May DibasMayBaisakh
Changu Narayan Rath YatraMayBaisakh
Mata Tirtha Aaushi (Mother’s day)MayBaisakh
Kirat DibasMayBaisakh
Kanun DiwasMayBaisakh
Red Machhendranath Rath JatraMayBaisakh
Sita JayantiMayBaisakh
Ubhauli ParbaMayJesth
Buddha JayantiMayJesth
Ganatantra DiwasMayJesth
Tulshi Beej Ropan AakadasiJuneJesth
Panauti Rath YatraJuneAshad
Bishow Khelkud DibasJulyAshad
Tulshi Ropank AakadasiJulyAshad
Janashankhya DibasJulyAshad
Bhanu JayantiJulyAshad
Guru PurnimaJulyAshad
Ghantakarna ChaturdashiJulySarawan
Naag PanchamiAugustustSarawan
Janai Purnima & Raksha BandhanAugustSarawan
Gai JatraAugustSarawan
Krishna JanmastamiAugustBhadra
Motiram JayantiAugustBhadra
Kushe / Gokarna Aunsi (Father’s day)AugustBhadra
Rishi PanchamiSeptemberBhadra
Nijamati Sewa DiwasSeptemberBhadra
Indra JatraSeptemberBhadra
Chepang Chonam ParbaSeptemberBhadra
Shora Shradha AarambhaSeptemberBhadra
Bal DibasSeptemberBhadra
Bishow Karma PujaSeptemberAshoj
Bishow Santi Dibas / World Peace DaySeptemberAshoj
Paryatan Dibas / Tourism DaySeptemberAshoj
Ghatasthapana (Start of Dashain Festival)SeptemberAshoj
Panchali Bahirab YatraOctoberAshoj
Fulpati (Dashain Festival)OctoberAshoj
Maha Asthami (Dashain Festival)OctoberAshoj
Maha Nawami (Dashain Festival)OctoberAshoj
Vijaya Dashami (Dashain Festival Tika)SeptemberAshoj
Hulak (Postal Day) DibasOctoberAshoj
Purnima (Last day of Dashain Festival)OctoberAshoj
Kag TiharOctoberKartik
Kukur TiharOctoberKartik
Gai Tihar / Laxmi PujaOctoberKartik
Goru TiharOctoberKartik
Bhai TikaOctoberKartik
Chaat Parba / Dhala PujaNovemberKartik
Haribodhini Ekadashi (Tulshi Ropan Day)NovemberKartik
Mani RimduNovemberKartik
Bala Chatur DashiNovemberManshir
Sita Vibhaha PanchamiNovemberManshir
World Aids DayDecemberManshir
International Handicaped DayDecemberManshir
Yomari PunhiDecemberManshir
Christmas Day / Merry ChiristmasDecemberPoush
Tamu LosarDecemberPoush
Sweta Machhendranath SnanJanuaryPoush
Poush Sukla Purnima (Swasthani Barta Start)JanuaryPoush
Maghe SankrantiJanuaryMagh
Sonam Lhosar (Tibetan New Year)JanuaryMagh
Shree Panchami or Saraswati PujaJanuaryMagh
Sahid DibasJanuaryMagh
Shree Swasthani PurnimaFebruaryMagh
Rastraya Prajatantra DibasFebruaryFalgun
Maaha Shivaratri (Festival of God Shiva in Pashupatinath Temple)FebruaryFalgun
Gyalpyo LosharFebruaryFalgun
Fagu Purnima (Holi in Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur)MarchFalgun
Holi in Terai RegionsMarchFalgun
Nari Dibas (Women day)MarchFalgun
Nala Machendranath SnanMarchFalgun
Nala Machendranath Rath YatraMarchFalgun
Ghode Jatra in KathmanduMarchChaitra
Chaite DashainMarchChaitra
Seto Machendranath Rath yatraMarchChaitra
Ram NawamiMarchChaitra

Note: Date and Month sometimes may be changed.

Nepali Festivals- Name List of the Festivals in Nepal

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I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a Writer of 12 Nepali Books, Director of Maithili films, Founder of Radio Stations, Designer of Websites and Editor of Some Nepali Blogs.

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