Festivals / Events in Nepal:

One of the interesting ways of understanding the beauty and richness of Nepali culture is through its festivals. Participating in the local festivities gives visitors an insight into the life of the Nepali people and makes their stay in Nepal more colorful. Every festive in Nepal traditionally begins with something religious and moves with a spontaneous spirit into a pleasant family feast.Most of the festivals celebrated in Nepal are religious. However, they can be generally divided into: religious, historical, agricultural, seasonal and legendary.

There are more than 50 festivals celebrated in Nepal every year. While the national festivals have fixed dates, religious festivals are set by astrologers following the lunar calendar. The best part about the festivals in Nepal is that all the events are celebrated with the same enthusiasm and galore the way it used to be hundreds of years ago when people had no other means of entertainment. Festivals in Nepal involve cultural dances, songs and performances, making them interesting and entertaining. Here is a list of Nepalese festivals. 

Nepaleses New Year :

nepalese new yearIt is known as "Navavarsha" in Nepal. Nepal has its official calendar that begins from the first day of the first month of Baisakh. This very first day is observed as Nepali New Year which usually falls in the second week of April. People go for picnics, have get-togethers and celebrate the day socializing in various ways. Also, this is the day of national holiday. 

 

 

 

Buddha Jayanti:

Lord Buddha's birth anniversary is celebrated every year during May in Nepal. On this holy day people throng in Swayambhu, Boudha and other Buddhist stupas and monasteries to pay homage to lord Buddha by chanting prayers, lit butter lamps, remaining vegetarian, offering donation and food to monks etc. People even visit Lumbini ( the birth place of lord Buddha). Buddha was born as Prince Siddhartha Gautam but at his thirties he abandoned royal life including the family while he realized the misery of mankind and started meditation in the jungles of then Nepal and Indian territory in search of enlightenment. Gai Jatra (Cow Festival)

 

 

Gai Jatra cow festival:

This festival of cow is celebrated every year in August/September. This is one of the most popular festivals in Nepal as it is full of humor, satire, comedy, mockery and shades of sadness too at the same time. And on this day satires and jokes on anybody is legal. As per the tradition, the family who has lost a relative during the past one year must take part in a procession by sending young boys in cow like attire and walk through the streets of Kathmandu lead by a cow. Cow is regarded as a Goddess and it is also the national animal of Nepal. This festival also purges many who have lost their loved ones as they get to console themselves as to they are not the only ones who have been bereaved and it also teaches to accept death as a part of life.