Nepali Festivals- Name List of all the Festivals in Nepal 2016
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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)||April||Baisakh|
|Lok Tantra Dibas||April||Baisakh|
|Changu Narayan Rath Yatra||May||Baisakh|
|Mata Tirtha Aaushi (Mother’s day)||May||Baisakh|
|Red Machhendranath Rath Jatra||May||Baisakh|
|Tulshi Beej Ropan Aakadasi||June||Jesth|
|Panauti Rath Yatra||June||Ashad|
|Bishow Khelkud Dibas||July||Ashad|
|Tulshi Ropank Aakadasi||July||Ashad|
|Janai Purnima & Raksha Bandhan||August||Sarawan|
|Kushe / Gokarna Aunsi (Father’s day)||August||Bhadra|
|Nijamati Sewa Diwas||September||Bhadra|
|Chepang Chonam Parba||September||Bhadra|
|Shora Shradha Aarambha||September||Bhadra|
|Bishow Karma Puja||September||Ashoj|
|Bishow Santi Dibas / World Peace Day||September||Ashoj|
|Paryatan Dibas / Tourism Day||September||Ashoj|
|Ghatasthapana (Start of Dashain Festival)||September||Ashoj|
|Panchali Bahirab Yatra||October||Ashoj|
|Fulpati (Dashain Festival)||October||Ashoj|
|Maha Asthami (Dashain Festival)||October||Ashoj|
|Maha Nawami (Dashain Festival)||October||Ashoj|
|Vijaya Dashami (Dashain Festival Tika)||September||Ashoj|
|Hulak (Postal Day) Dibas||October||Ashoj|
|Purnima (Last day of Dashain Festival)||October||Ashoj|
|Gai Tihar / Laxmi Puja||October||Kartik|
|Chaat Parba / Dhala Puja||November||Kartik|
|Haribodhini Ekadashi (Tulshi Ropan Day)||November||Kartik|
|Bala Chatur Dashi||November||Manshir|
|Sita Vibhaha Panchami||November||Manshir|
|World Aids Day||December||Manshir|
|International Handicaped Day||December||Manshir|
|Christmas Day / Merry Chiristmas||December||Poush|
|Sweta Machhendranath Snan||January||Poush|
|Poush Sukla Purnima (Swasthani Barta Start)||January||Poush|
|Sonam Lhosar (Tibetan New Year)||January||Magh|
|Shree Panchami or Saraswati Puja||January||Magh|
|Shree Swasthani Purnima||February||Magh|
|Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas||February||Falgun|
|Maaha Shivaratri (Festival of God Shiva in Pashupatinath Temple)||February||Falgun|
|Fagu Purnima (Holi in Kathmandu, Patan & Bhaktapur)||March||Falgun|
|Holi in Terai Regions||March||Falgun|
|Nari Dibas (Women day)||March||Falgun|
|Nala Machendranath Snan||March||Falgun|
|Nala Machendranath Rath Yatra||March||Falgun|
|Ghode Jatra in Kathmandu||March||Chaitra|
|Seto Machendranath Rath yatra||March||Chaitra|
Note: Date and Month sometimes may be changed.