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Festivals and public holidays of Nepal

Nepal is the ‘Land of Festivals’ with at least one part of the kingdom celebrating a festival every day of the year. Festivals may be linked with the remembrance of the departed soul, to herald a different season, to mark the beginning or end of the agricultural cycle, to mark national events, or for family celebrations. On a festival day the Nepalese take their ritual bath, worship different gods and goddesses, visit the temple, observe fasting and undertake feasting. The most important aspect of Nepalese culture is the religious harmony and understanding prevailing among the Hindus and Buddhists.

Nepal's major Festivals and public Holidays - 2017

Months Day  Festivals / Public Holidays
January New Year
January 14  Maghe  Pharbha
January 28  Sonam Lohsar
January 29  Martyr’s Memorial Day
February  18  Democracy Day 
February   24  Maha Shivaratri  
 February  27   Ghaylpo Loshar 
March  Women's Day 
March   12  Fagu Purnima (Happy Holi or Festval of colors)  
March  13  Terai Holi 
March   27  Ghode Jatra  
April  Ram Nawami  
April  14  Nepali New Year 
April   24  Loktantra Diwas 
May    May    Labour Day 
May  10  Buddha Jayanti  
May   29  Ganatantra Diwas 
June  29  Curd bitten rice day 
August Janai Purnema/Rakshya Bandan  
August Gai Jatra  
August 14  Shree Krishna Janmaastami  
 August  24  Hari Talika (Teej)  
September  Indra Jatra 
September  21  Ghatasthapana 
September  27  Phulpati 
September   28  Maha Aastami 
September   29  Maha Nawami
September 30 Vijaya Dashami
October  1-2  Dashain 
October  Kojagrat Purnima 
October   19  Laxmi Puja 
October   20  Gobardhan Puja 
October  21  Bhai Tika 
October  26  Chhat Puja 
December Urdhyauli Parwa
December 19 Tamu Lhosar
December 25  Christmas