- TEEJ HINDUISM
24-26 AUGUST 2017
Teej is the Nepali women's festival and takes place over 3 days. It is dedicated to the goddess Parvati, remembering her union with Lord Shiva. DAY 1: DAR KHANE DIN Women return to their villages where they were born to celebrate the festival with their mothers and sisters. They have a great feast (called Dar) and sing and dance in traditional Nepali attire. DAY 2: FASTING DAY Women fast. This is a religious ritual believed to prolong their husband's life and protect their marriage. DAY 3: RISHI PANCHAMI Women cleanse their bodies and souls by going to the nearest river to wash themselves free of sins.
- DASHAIN ALL NEPAL
Dashain is the biggest festival in the Nepali calendar. Share to our Christmas. However unlike Christmas, Dashain is celebrated over 10 days, making it also the longest festival in Nepal. It marks the victory of the goddess Durga over the demon Mahisasur, and therefore celebrates and symbolises the victory of good over evil. WHAT the festival is renowned for its animal sacrifices, especially of goats, and the siaughters are presented as offerings to temples for it is believed that Durga is appeased by such sacrifices. People also celebrate Dashain with the exchange of gifts, the purchase of new clothing and the construction of huge bamboo swings for children.
- TIHAR HINDUISM
This festival, known in india and the southern regions of Nenal as Diwali / Deepawali and in English as the Festival of Lights. is Nepal's second largest festival it is celebrated over 5 days and shows reverence to not only humans and gods, suuny or diusuogeja asop and angu QUM SIewue o1 os
DAY 1: KAAG (CROW) TIHAR Crows are honored on the first day of Tihar. People place offerings of sweets on their roofs for the crows in order to avert orief and death in their homes as the crow is considered to be the messenger of death
DAY 2: KUKUR (DOG) TIHAR Dogs are honored on this day by people putting a red tikka on the dog's forehead, a garland of marigold flowers around their necks, and are given delicious food. This celebrates the special friendship between humans and dogs.
DAY 3: GAI (cow) TIHAR AND LAXMI PUJA This day is the most important day of Tihar, as it is when the goddess of wealth, health and prosperity, Laxmi, is honored. Cows are also honored in the morning as they symbolize prosperity and wealth. People place garlands of marigolds around their necks and they are fed with the best grass. In the evening, families light oil lamps (diyo) or candles in their doorways and windows in order to show thanks to Laxmi and to welcome prosperity and well being.
DAY 4: GOVARDHAN PUJA On this day there are three different bids performed depending on the people's cultural background.
DAY 5: BHAI (LITTLE BROTHER) TIKKA The last day of Tihar is celebrated by sisters honoring their brothers (older and younger) with tikkas of five colors to ensure their brothers' long lives and to give thanks for the protection they provide. Brothers return the gesture by placing the tikkas on their sisters' foreheads with an exchange of gifts.
- LAKESIDE STREET FESTIVAL
ALL LAKESIDE 28 DECEMBER -1 JANUARY
If you missed the Christmas cheer in Nepal, you will appreciate the festive spirit of this street festival in which the Lakeside road from Hallan Chowk to Barahi Chowk is closed to traffic. Cafes and restaurants fill the street with tables and chairs and both foreigners and Nepali tourists come to soak up all the food, parades and musical performances. There are also carnival rides and amusements which take place in Basundhara Park in south Lakeside throughout the festival. On New Year's Eve, Lakeside is typically jam-packed full of people, making it difficult even to walk down the road. There is also a fireworks display at midnight in Basundhara Park.
HINDUISM 1 MARCH 2018
Holi is probably the most well-known Hindu festival around the world - for good reason! Also known as the festival of color. it commemorates the victory of good over evil and the end of winter. People celebrate Holi all over Nepal by throwing colors powder and water at each other, always with laughter and smiles. Nepali children are particularly excited at their chance to smear color or throw water balloons at tourists. TIPS Prepared to get colorful and wet! Don't wear your best clothes »Wear a cheap white t-shirt to get the best rainbow Waterproof your camera and phone as best as you can. Watch your head! Along Lakeside locals enjoy dumping buckets of water onto the unsuspecting people below. You can buy color powder in Lakeside on the morning of Holi and some shops also sell plastic water guns and water.
- MAHA SHIVARATRI
HINDUISM 13 FEBRUARY 2018
This festival is celebrated in honor of Shiva, Lord of creation, preservation and destruction. It is believed that sincere devotion to Lord Shiva and the rituals of Shivaratri help the devotees achieve positive karma and spiritual liberation. This festival is particularly famous for the fact that it is the only day in which it is legal to consume marijuana in Nepal as it is believed to be a symbol of religious devotion to Lord Shiva.
- TIBETAN NEW YEAR
BUDDHISM 27 FEBRUARY 2018
The Nepali celebration of Tibetan New Year is celebrated in different ways depending on people's cultural background. Generally, people present offerings to lamas and the day with their families cooking traditional food such as soup. Spend NEPALI NEW YEAR ALL NEPAL 14 APRIL 2018 According to the Nepali calendar (Sambat), we are currently in the year 2074 and on this day will be welcoming in 2075! People typically spend this public holiday with their families, taking a picnic or enjoying the day out together.