Nepali Festivals – Name List of All Major Festivals & Celebration Of Nepal


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Nepali Festivals- Name List of all the Festivals in Nepal 2020

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 2020

Below is the list of the most popular festival in Nepal 2020 or Nepali Festivals 2076:

Names of Nepali Festivals

Celebrated in the month

In English Date

A.D.

Celebrated in the month

In Nepali Date

B.S.

Navavarsha (Nepali New Year)AprilBaisakh
Bisket JatraAprilBaisakh
Lok Tantra DibasAprilBaisakh
DumjiAprilBaisakh
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
TeejAugustBhadra
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

You can be invited for Dumji festival that is celebrated by Sherpa people in the month of May or June. It is one of the great festivals in the Khumbu region. On this occasion, Sherpa people dance, drink and make a lot of fun. So this is a merry making festival.

They also perform various Sherpa rituals with the help of monks. This festival is celebrated in Tengboche, Namche Bazaar, Khumjung, Pangboche, and Junbesi. The festival serves as a religious and community duty and it helps bring the Sherpa people together.

We can be the first to reach the place of celebration. Our friends will welcome us and we enjoyed dance and food.

Like Dumji, there are numerous festivals celebrated in Nepal. Festivals like Dashain, Tihar, Chath, Christmas, Baisakh Purnima, Janai Purnima, Id, Teej, Krishna Asthami, Gaura, etc are important from the religious point of view. Udhauli, Ubhauli, Lhosar, Maghe Sankranti, Fathers’ Day, Mothers’ Day, New Year, Dewali, etc are socially important. Some local festivals and jatras are celebrated according to religion, caste, and region.

Festivals get people together and promote social harmony. People wear new clothes and eat varieties of food. They engage in prayer, worship, singing, and dancing. People also play different games during these festivals. Homes are cleaned, painted and decorated. Those who are away from home come back to meet their relatives and friends. So festivals bring a change in our daily life.

In recent years, some bad traditions have been found in the celebration of festivals. In the name of festivals, people involved in some bad activities. For examples, children begin to throw dirty water on people a week before Holi begins. During Dashain and Tihar, some people are found involved in drinking, gambling, and fighting. These activities are destroying the importance of festivals and our social harmony. We should stop doing such activities.

Another bad tradition that one can find in our culture is extravagant. We must not try to keep up with others and show off by spending more than what we can afford. It can put the family into difficulty.

Festivals of Nepal reflects Nepali culture, tradition, and custom. It plays vital roles in the lives of Nepalese people. We should respect participate in each other’s festivals.

Krishna janmasthmi

The birth of  God Vishnu as the form of human lord Krishna has taken birth. The day is called krishnajanmasthmi. Krishnajanmasthmi is celebrated all over the country because of the killing of Naraksura by the Krishna. Krishna is the eighth son of Basuki and Devki.

So Krishna is also called by Devki Nandan and Makhan Chor as he used to steal Makhan at an early age, child age. Krishna is also the forms of pure Vishnu as he is also the Chakradhari.

Happy Shree Shri Krishna Jayanti Janmashtami Greetings Wishing Cards Images HD Wallpapers Quotes Pics Pictures Photos Wishes Wishing Messages
Happy Shree Krishna Janmashtami Greeting card

He has killed the great demon Naraksura. His great figures are presented and shown in the battle of Mahabharat. He shows his full figures and says all the truth about the earth, nature and human beings, are how survived by his powers. The war of Mahabharat already results because Lord Krishna know everything.

Rishis Panchmi or Chauthi Chand or Teej.

The great festival of Nepalese women i.e Haritaleeka Teej is celebrated. This is the festival of women who pray for their husband life and care. This festival also marks the relations of husband and wife.

Another one is Rishi Panchami which is celebrated by the terai regions of people most. This festival is also called by Chauthi Chand as it is worshipped the God Ganesha. The start of any and any activities of god known as Ganesha. Everythings is started  by taking the names of Ganesha as ‘’Om Ganeshya Namah’’.

This festival is celebrated by the people in the home not ouside as Chhath.  The small place in the Aangan is cleaned and there keeps two steel jug and leaves of mango in it. The festival is celebrated by taking fast. And people makes oily bread called as Puri, rice pudding and vegetables and worship the moon which occurs in the evening.

The worshipping of Ganesha provides the power and knowledge to the devotees. This festival is celebrated only once year. The doing and keeping the god Ganesha makes your destination path clean. Ganesha is the son of Parvati who has made him with their own power of collecting soil.

If we worship God Ganesha ,it is also the belief that the greediness under our will ends. God Ganesha likes sweet much if and even everything if you give him with pure and lovely heart. But if you give him with greedy and proudly, then you can’t fill the hunger of Ganesha.

This festival mostly teaches to earn and spend the life without being selfish, showy and Discriminating nature.

29th Bhadra Children’s Day

On 29th Bhadra children’s day is celebrated all over the country.  The students take participate and raise their voice. This day is celebrate for the rights of children against children labor, right to education, right to freedom, right to live in good environment., right to peace, right to play, right to entertain and many children rights.

These days play the various day for raising the voice of children. As we know that the children are the future of the country. They are the base of the country. If the childrens of the country becomes educated and raise strength on themselves, then the country will automatic speed their development.

Children are also known as the father of the nation. Because the richest man or the king’s borns with the baby not becoming adults directly. They had also wept in the children age. The life of children should be comfortable and must have to grow them in a peaceful environment so that he or she can build their career according to their choice.

The first phase of the life, child age labors makes the man full life successful. To make better identity and impression, there must be the start of doing hard work from child age. To fulfill the rights of children and to grew them in a peaceful environment, this day is celebrated as children’s day by raising voice about children rights and duties.

Indra-jatra

This is the festival which is only celebrated in Kathmandu valley. This festival is the symbol of worshipping the unmarried girl.

The Rath Yatra is done in Kathmandu valley. The government holidays is given in only for Kathmandu valley. This festival shows the repection of girl.

Dashain

This is the great festival of Hindu which gives the large holidays for people. This festival has importance of female power that Goddess Durga has killed the great demon Mahisasur. And this festival also represents the female power.

The female of the present is having the most victims of violence. So the females are also not less than the male. Female can also achieve as big as a male can. So the none of the works is impossible by a female to in present era. Dashain is celebrated ten days.

Dashain Vijayadashami Tika Paintings Sketch Image
Dashain Images Sketch

The first day is called Ghatasthapna, then continues the counting second day, the third day. And on a ninth day, there done sacrificing and the last and tenth day is Vijaya Dashmi.

Lakshmi Puja or Tihar

After 20 days of Dashain, Diwali occurs. If you see the society or view of the market in Diwali, you will fall in love with Diwali. The shining environment, hugging people and letting of different lights make you mad in Diwali. Its lightness goes deeper in your heart by pointing.

Every homes and shop are decorated with all new types of lights and color also in the shop, it is seen that to do Pandit Puja, they have managed all the material needed for Puja. Everywhere there is full of the laughter and happiness which is seemed and deemed only in the occasion of Diwali.

Kid Tihar Diyo
Diyo

The festival of lights has all the different mystery which makes the Hindu religion persons keep following. Every heart is full of lights and love that were also seen at the time of sharing the love with each on the garden of burning and shining different color.

Goddess Lakshmi is famous for making people rich. so people down their heads in the palace of goddess Lakshmi. Those who worship and celebrates Diwali, it is said that he or she never becomes the victims of poverty. It is because of the blessings of goddess Lakshmi.

 Bhai-Tika

It is celebrated after the completion of Lakshmi Puja. Men are bound with the circle of love are also the production of love. They are forming the new aspects of loving that will be better for a relationship. Similarly, it is shown mostly in any festival.

The love of brother and sister is shown in Diwali fifth day which is also called as Bhai Dhooj. This love is brother and sister love which describes that how much the love is deeper between brother and sister. This is also celebrated as a festival of brother and sister.

Bhai Tika Sketch Drawing Images Tihar Nepal
Bhai Tika Drawing

The love of a brother to sister and sister to brother is heartily transferred and shown .putting the Tika in the forehead of brother by sister worshipping the brother and wishing only the brightness in their future.

Chhath

Chhath has their own values and norms. Mainly Hindu celebrates this festival as parts of the tradition and culture. Every part of India have decorated in this day. Chhath is worshipped two days to Sun God. .  The most worshipped food materials are ’’Thekuwa and Bhuswa ‘’ ( made of the flour of rice).

Chhath Puja Images Argh
Performing Argh Ritual

After coming from the ponds in the morning, they start to distribute the Prasad that is Thekuwa banana and Bhuswa to their own and others. Chhath is also worshipped as the granting the wishes. Person mainly worshipped this festival for getting happy and prosperity in their family.

A person who doesn’t do also have to celebrate from next year if their wish is granted. This is the festival of making the wish come true fast. As this festival starts and ends in this way. First day: Naha Khay (Bath and Eat), Second Day: Kharna, Third Day : Sandhya Arghya (Evening Offering), Kosi (Kosiya), Day Four: Bihaniya or Bhorwa Ghat (Morning Arghya).

Constitution day on 3rd Ashoj

The Constitution Day is celebrated on third of Aswin. As the Constitution has not followed in the country but also it is celebrated from this year. But this day hasn’t given the full value and is not celebrated by the very people of the country mostly the Terai regions people.

Aids day

The world celebrates aids day on the first December. It celebrated for the safety of sexual contraction. The many people have become the victims of aids. The safety of the health, it fights and raises the voice.

Civil Aviation day:

This day is celebrated for the increment and development in airways. The government of Nepal expands many budgets for the control of extra advantage. Nepal has total 3 governmental planes and many private and public airplanes, along with 48 airports.

The  Airways service is provided to all the people of Nepal for the transfer of place and much more. The right and proper uses of Airways is the main savings of Nepal government which saves the extra expenditure.

Airways is provided for the fast service of transportation. So for the development in Airlines sector, this day is celebrated by all the airline’s staffs, relating staffs and governmental officers on this day.

Udhauli parv

This festival remarks the culture of Sherpa, Limbu, Rai etc community people. It is of different types which are celebrated within the year. This festival is celebrated by the community of Limbu whose living place is mostly in the Himalayan region.

 Bhrastachar day:

This day is celebrated for the raising of income of the country by giving the white lights in the black money. There are many people who are involved in the many illegal activities. And they try many the process of money laundering, making black money into white.

So, to catch that types of criminal, and to control all these illegal activities, this day is celebrated by raising voice against the illegal activities and works. By doing these there becomes the control of poverty, starvation, disturbance for providing goods and service, developmental problems.

25th December- Christmas Day

The small number of people are Christian in Nepal. So it is not celebrated as the graet festival and government also not provide national holiday. But govt. have given the rights to celebrates it.

So this is the reason in the Kathmandu valley, there is decorated the mall and hotels for the celebration. Mostly youngsters make this day great for making the environment noisy. The youth celebrates it by conducting the many programs and many creative things.

Tamu lhosar

This is the festival which is celebrated by the community of Tamang which has also a small number. The Tamang people are living in every place of the country with few numbers. This is their great festival which lies in this month.

1st Magh: Maghi Sankranti

This is the first day of Magh. This day is celebrated as the festival by the Terai regions of people. This day is also celebrated by calling Maghe or Makar Sankranti in India and Nepal.

On this day, people makes the sweets of Bhuja, Teel  Laddu and bitten rice. This day is also celebrated as the responsibility taking the day that the son has the responsibility toward the father, toward the mother, brother responsibility towards a brother.

Maghe Maghi sankranti laddoo Til Ko Laddo Chiura ko laddoo Murahi ko laddoo festival hindu Nepal Images a little girl kid is eating
a little girl is eating Til Ko Laddoo in Maghe Sankranti

This day have the special meaning that, there is eating of Khichdi and vegetables. And someone also celebrated this day by eating the meat and different delicious dishes. The day has special meaning and values according to Hindu culture.

This day marks the value of the relationship. The person makes different sweets and worships the god by taking a compulsory bath in the morning. So this day is also known as the ‘’push ko pakaya, Magh me Khaya’’. Because person makes at the end of Poush and eat at first Magh. So this is the festival which is celebrated widely by the people of Terai regions and the people of India.

Customs day

This day has also the great importance of government. The goods are imported and exported by this way in the border of the country. There is situated customs and charge the customs fee while exporting and importing of the goods.

The income of the government is the customs collection. The great customs of Nepal is birgunj in which there perform more than 100 crores of financial transaction regularly.

And this day is celebrated to make the new plans and policies for achieving the target or for the betterment of performance. The day is only celebrated by the customs officers. The government does not provide national holidays.

 Martyr’s day 16th Magh

This day is celebrated for the contribution of a martyr. The day is devoted in the feet of martyrs. In this day, the country remembers the all martyr who had given their lives for the safety of country and betterment of Nepalese.

The first Martyrs of Nepal is Shukra Raj Shastri who had used the word’’ Jay Nepal’’ which means the victory of Nepal. This day reminds the contribution of blood donation for the country. They have spent their life for making the country better.

Their personal benefits have buried, their national benefit is the first thing is determined by them. They are the great human of Nepal’s mother. The name will not be forgotten and erased in the book of history.

Sonam lhosar :

This is the festival which lies in the month of Magh. It is the festival of Sherpa of Himalayans. So this festival is celebrated by Sherpa most.

Basant Panchami or Saraswati Puja:

The goddess of education and knowledge is celebrated on this day. As we know that the goddess of wealth is called as Lakshmi and the goddess of knowledge and education is called Saraswati. This is the great festival for students most.

There are organized of different programs in the school and educational areas. According to Hindu epic, Goddess Saraswati is said as the sister of Lakshmi. The vehicle of Goddess Saraswati is duck and peacock. The source of education and knowledge is Goddess Saraswati.

Saraswati Maa Photos
Saraswati Maa Photo

The person is only the successful person when he or she gets the blessing of Goddess Saraswati. It is also said that for being a good singer, you have to the grace of goddess Saraswati because Goddess Saraswati is also known as the king of the voice.

We have to always keep in the mind that wealth is not greater than education. Education is priceless which has no price. The great sayings say that crops are developed by cultivation and human is developed by education. For the development of the country, education is the base and starting path of development.

The country can only develop in their infrastructure and makes the system better only by the educated people. So to get and achieve the great and to make the wise man, students celebrate with great courage.

Cancer day

This day is celebrated for the end of cancer from the Nepal and the world. This day raise voice against cancer. Providing the facilities and health service for cancer patients. The government also helps to provide many health help and free medicines etc.

Mother language day

The national language of Nepal is all the mother’s language but the governmental writing language is only Nepali. This day is celebrated for the conservation of mother tongue.

Many people live abroad from their home and forget the mother tongue. So this day celebration helps to makes the man mother loving and motherland loving by organizing different public awareness programs.

 7th Falgun- democracy day:

The country celebrates the democracy day on every seventh of Falgun. The Nepal was ruled by Rana for 104 years. Then the king Mahendra fights for the freedom of the Nepalese and wants to established democracy.

But after a long time of struggle, he throws away the Rana regime and establishes the Democracy. From that days the celebration of democracy started.

Maha Shivratri

This is also the great festival of Hindu which is celebrated for the bless of God Shiva. Shivratri is also called as Mahashivratri and worshipped for two days by the devotee of god shiva.

Celebrating Mahashivratri has many reasons that might be for happiness and welfare, or may be for the prosperity of human beings. . There is also the believed that if the girl does Shivratri, then she will get the good husband like Shiva. Shiva is very loving husband. He loves his lovely wife Parvati very much.

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Happy Mahashivratri Greeting Images

And the man also worships Shiva for getting a good wife like Parvati. So this might be the reasons that God Shiva fulfill all the desire of getting a good husband and beautiful wife of the youth to celebrate this festival. Achieve the great things only after worshipping god Shiva. Shiva loves his devotee very much.

Female day:

This day is celebrated for the equal rights of a female. As the Nepalese female are backward, so to get equal rights they raise voice. The representation of female, this is celebrated by the Nepalese girls.

Holi

This is also the great festival of Hindu which sometimes falls in the month of Falgun and sometimes in the month of Chaitra.

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Happy Holi Message Images

This is celebrated for two days and the holidays is also provided for two days due to the different date celebration by the people of Terai and Himalayas.

Ram Navami

The anniversary of God Rama and Sita is celebrated by the Hindu. They worship the small children making the symbol of Rama and small girl making the symbol of Sita.

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Happy Ram Navami Pictures

The fair is largely extended in the surroundings of Janakpurdham or near Janaki Mandir.

Water days

This day teaches the values and importances of water for better uses.  By organizing different programs they teach and understand the people for not destroying or wasting the water much.

They give the education to use water properly because water is the life. We can’t survive without water. The human life is only going on by the presence of air and water.

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Jitendra Sahayogee

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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