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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 - 2018

Day Festivals / Public Holidays
January 1 New Year
January 15 Maghe Pharbha
January 18 Sonam Lohsar
January 30 Martyr’s Memorial Day
February 13 Maha Shivaratri
February 16 Ghaylpo Loshar
February 19 Democracy Day
March 01 Fagu Purnima (Happy Holi or Festval of colors)
March 02 Terai Holi
March 08 Women's Day
March 17 Ghode Jatra
March 25 Ram Nawami
April :
April 14 Nepali New Year
April 24 Loktantra Diwas
April 30 Buddha Jayanti
May 01 Labour Day
29 Ganatantra Diwas
June: 29 Curd bitten rice day
August 26 Janai Purnema/Rakshya Bandan
August 27 Gai Jatra
September 02 Shree Krishna Janmaastami
September 12 Hari Talika (Teej)
September 24 Indra Jatra
September 19 Constitution Diwas ( Day)
October 10 Ghatasthapana
October 16 Phulpati
October 17 Maha Aastami
October 18 Maha Nawami
October 19 Vujaya Dashami
October 20-21 Dashin
October 23 Kojagrat purnima
November :
November : 07 Laxmi Puja
November 08 Gobardhan Puja
November 09 Bhai Tika
November 13 Chhat Puja
December 22 Urdhyauli Parwa
December 25 Christmas Day