Are you aware of all the Nepal National holidays? Today we’re going to take a closer look at those days that local people look forward to so much.
According to the Nepali Gazette, there will be several government holidays in the coming year dedicated to national festivals. To follow is a list of the 10 most important.
What Is The Biggest Holiday In Nepal?
Dashain is actually Nepal’s most important festival. It lasts for two whole weeks, starting at the end of September. People all over the country celebrate it, and it even ends on the day of the full moon. Oh, and Hindus all around the world also celebrate it! The festival lasts for about fifteen days, and they even observe some of those festival days as public holidays in Nepal, Bhutan, and some parts of India.
Let’s check out the list of 10 national holidays in Nepal together!
The List Of Important Nepal National Holidays
This day is a national holiday in Nepal and Sikkim, India. Nepali people celebrate Sonam Lhosar on the first day of the new moon in the Bikram Sambat calendar month of Magh. In Nepal, this holiday is Sonam Lohosar, and in Sikkim, it is Sonam Lochar. The day of Sonam Losar varies depending on how the lunar calendar varies.
On March 8, people celebrate International Women’s Day–a national holiday in more than 27 countries.
If it falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, several countries will extend the holiday to the weekend by designating a Monday or Friday as a public holiday. However, people balance it by making Saturday a working day. This holiday is a symbol of the female empowerment movement that started 150 years ago and is stronger than ever.
Maha Shivaratri is a well-known Hindu festival celebrated in honor of Lord Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction and regeneration. This important festival is on the 13th night and 14th day of every lunar month. The Shivaratri in the month of Falgun (Phalguna), which means “the Great Night of Shiva.”
According to the Western calendar, it occurs just before Spring arrives, usually in February or March. It is a national holiday in most states of India and a public holiday in Mauritius and Nepal.
Holi, the Hindu’ festival of colors,’ takes place on the last full moon day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month. Holi is also known as Doljatra or Dola Purnima in various places. It is known as Fagu Purnima in Nepal. To celebrate this feast, they throw different colors on each other.
The day before Holi, Holi Dahan is considered a festival in various states.
Nepali New Year
This day usually falls on April 13 or 14 on the first day of Bikram Sambat.
Ghod Jatra is a public holiday celebrated by the people of the Kathmandu Valley. It falls on the new moon of Chaitra Sukla Paksha in the Eastern Lunar calendar.
Rajan Edul Fikra
The Festival of Fast-breaking, also known as Eid al-Fitr, is a major religious holiday observed by Muslims worldwide. It marks the conclusion of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. However, the sighting of the moon determines the day of Eid. Thus, there may be slight differences in the exact date of Eid observed around the world.
Buddha Jayanti is the Buddhist calendar’s holiest day. According to the Chinese calendar, Vesak falls on the first full moon of the fourth lunar month. Buddha Day can also be known as full moon day.
Several Other Important Days In Nepal
Democracy Day – Not A National Holiday
Every year on February 18, Nepal commemorates Democracy Day. It celebrates the fall of the Rana monarchy, which ruled Nepal from 1846 to 1951. It is not a national holiday; all educational institutions remain open on this day.
Jiraiya Festival – Religious Holiday
Jivitputrika (also known as Jitiya) is a three-day Hindu festival in the Ashwin month from the seventh to the ninth day of Krishna-Paksha.
Indra Jatra – Traditional Holiday
The Indra Jatra is a traditional Nepalese holiday. It is, however, also observed in the state of Sikkim. This event is significant because it honors Lord Indra and his mother.
Maghe Sanskranti – Nepalese Holiday
Maghe Sankranti (माघे सङ्क्रान्ति) is a Nepalese holiday celebrated on the first of Magh in the Vikram Sambat. It is the last day of Poush, the month that holds the winter solstice.
Nepal is such an amazing country! It’s so vibrant and full of rich cultures. A country’s national holidays can inspire you to visit and learn more about their traditions. It will also inspire you to learn Nepali, which will definitely help you understand more about the locals.
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Visiting Nepal is a magical experience, and undoubtedly the best time to do it is during a Nepali public holiday. You get to see the locals at their most welcoming and relaxed.