As a multi-cultural and multi-lingual country, Nepal has a variety of festivals that celebrate the peace and harmony between people of different tribes.
If you are travelling at festival time you will have ample opportunity to join in the festivities. Festivals like Dashain, Deepawali, Jitya are celebrated with joy and happiness. During festival time local communities eat, sing and dance; this provides people with relief from their hectic lives and busy schedules. Because astrological calendars dictate the dates that festivals occur, we cannot provide the exact dates here.
During the month of Kartik (late September and early October), the Nepalese people indulge in the biggest festival of the year, Dashain. Dashain is the longest and the most special festival on the Nepalese calendar. It is celebrated by all castes in Nepal and throughout the whole country. The festival is celebrated over 15 days and ends up on a full moon night.
Tihar, the festival of lights is one of the most dazzling of all Hindu festivals. In this festival we worship the Goddess Laxmi, the Goddess of wealth. It is also held during the month of Kartik (October/November). During festival time, Nepal looks like Christmas.
Fagun Purnima (Holi)
The ancient Hindu festival of Holi comes in late February or early March. The festival is named after the mythical demon Holika and is a day when the feast of colors is celebrated. The festival lasts for one week. However, it is only on the last day that color and water are thrown about.
Maha Shiva Ratri
On this day we celebrate the Lord Shiva. This day falls in the month Fagun (February/March).