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Nepal is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country. There are Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Christians, Kiratis, Sikhs etc who live in complete harmony and intercultural friendships. Each ethnic community has their unique cultural standards and festivals they follow and observe. Nepal is occupied with these colorful festivals throughout the year.
Perhaps the best thing about Nepal is that the people here jubilantly celebrate and take part in cross cultural festivals regardless of the sect or religion one belongs to. For instance, you can see Hindus getting involved in Buddhist festivals and Muslim in Hindus’ celebration.
However, the majority of the population in Nepal (almost 80%) is Hindus. Therefore the biggest festivals in Nepal are considered to be Dashain, Dipawali, Shiva Ratri and Holi, which are chiefly celebrated by the Hindus. Then there is Lhosar of Buddhists, Eid of Muslims, Christmas of Christians, Sakela of Kirat and so on.
Ever since Nepal became a secular Federal Democratic Republic, there is a sense of appreciation, acknowledgement and ownership of each others rich culture and heritage.
Our festival tours will allow you a unique window to observe, celebrate and be part of these lively festivals and understand local culture. Come be a part of Nepal’s cultural and religious festivals.
Dashain is the biggest festival of Nepal. It falls during October-November of the Gregorian calendar. Dashain marks an arrival of a pleasant weather and balmy climate. The skies are clear blue and visibility is crystal with mild sunshine throughout the day.
Tihar is the second biggest Hindu festival in Nepal and falls in the month of October-November. It is also called a festival of lights as, especially, every house across Nepal set alight candlesticks or oil lamps in front of their porch, roof and garden.
Shiva Ratri is one of the most pious Hindus festivals. The festival is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is observed every year during the month of February-March. On this day, Pashupatinath, the most important Hindu temple, is filled with visitors from far and wide.
The festival of Holi falls in the month of March. This one-day festival is widely celebrated by Hindus across the country with water and color powder. Friends and family members spend the day smearing color powder and splashing water on each other.
Lhosar is the biggest festival of Buddhists, celebrated in Nepal with much anticipation and euphoria. The festival occurs during February and March. The Buddhist community of Nepal, which comprise of Gurungs, Tamangs and Sherpas comes together to pay their respects to Lord Buddha.
Muslims of Nepal celebrate Eid al-Fitr festival, one of the most important Islamic festivals. The festival, celebrated for one to three days, marks the end of Ramadan, the month-long fasting by Muslim community. The date of the festival is set every year according to the Islamic calendar.
The Tije Festival is a unique festival among the communities of Mustang. It is celebrated every year during the month of May-June, for a total of three days.
Sakela Festival is the biggest festival of Kirat ethnic community of Nepal. The festival, distinguished by two names Ubhauli and Udhauli, is celebrated twice a year during January and April. Both the day is adjusted on a full moon day when its considered to be pious for invoking prayers and offering worship to their god.