Nepal is a land of diverse cultures, rich heritage and diverse traditions. It is an ancient country that has been blessed with a number of festivals throughout the year. The festivals have been celebrated for centuries to mark certain events and celebrate the harvest. These festivals have been adopted by people from other countries as well. Some of the festivals are:
- The Chhath Festival
Chhath is the most important festival in Nepal. It is celebrated on the first day of the Hindu month of Kartik (October – November). People believe that it is the festival of Lord Shiva. It is believed that Lord Shiva was born on this day. On this day, people light lamps and offer food to the dead. The Chhath festival is celebrated in various parts of Nepal including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kathmandu, and Lumbini.
- New Year’s Day
It is celebrated on January 1st. People welcome the new year with a prayer at the Ghat and a ritual bath. This festival is also known as ‘Basant’ in Nepal.
Holi is a spring festival celebrated during March and April. It is a Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of good over evil. It is believed that the festival was started by Lord Krishna. People wear colourful clothes and play with colours. They splash each other with water and play pranks on each other.
- Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is a winter festival celebrated in Nepal. It is a Hindu festival in which people worship the sun. It is celebrated on January 14th. People offer prayers to the sun. They worship the sun by offering ‘Ganga Darshan’. The festival is celebrated in different parts of Nepal including Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kathmandu, and Kavre.
- Buddha Jayanti
Buddha Jayanti is a Buddhist festival celebrated on May 3rd. People worship Buddha and offer prayers to him. This festival is celebrated in Kathmandu and Lalitpur.
- Maghe Sankranti
Maghe Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated on June 21st. It is celebrated to mark the end of winter. It is celebrated in Nepal.
Tihar is a Hindu festival that falls on the last day of the waning moon. It is celebrated on September 17th. People worship Lord Krishna on this day. It is celebrated in Kathmandu, Pokharel, Lalitpur, Bhairahawa, and Kathmandu.
- Indra Jatra
Indra Jatra is a Hindu festival that falls in October. It is celebrated in Nepal and India.
Dasain is a Hindu festival that falls during the autumn season. It is celebrated in Nepal, India, and Pakistan.
Deepawali is a Hindu festival that falls between October and November. It is celebrated in Nepal.
About New Year Festival in Nepal
Nepal is known as the land of festivals. It is the country where ancient culture and traditions have been preserved. The festival season in Nepal is long and colourful. It begins with the celebration of the New Year which is celebrated in January.
The New Year festival lasts for seven days. The New Year is celebrated by the people of Nepal with great pomp and gaiety. The people of Nepal celebrate the New Year with much fervour.
The New Year festival is also known as the ‘Festival of Lights. The New Year festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm and gaiety. The New Year festival is celebrated all over Nepal, but the celebrations are more intense in Kathmandu valley. The New Year festival is also called the ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’. The festival is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the God of wisdom and learning. People of Nepal worship Ganesha at home during the New Year festival.
People of Nepal celebrate the New Year festival in various ways. The New Year festival is very important in the life of Nepalese people. People decorate their houses and temples with lights.
They wear new clothes and eat delicious food during the festival. There are many fairs and cultural events held during the New Year festival. People of Nepal visit their relatives and friends during the festival. They also take part in cultural events organized by the government. The New Year festival is a great festival in Nepal.
There are many festivals in Nepal. The festivals are celebrated throughout the year. The festivals are very colourful and full of fun. The people of Nepal celebrate the festivals with great zeal.
The festivals of Nepal are also very colourful. The people of Nepal celebrate the festival with great enthusiasm. The festivals of Nepal are very important for the people of Nepal.