There are many festivals celebrated in Nepal. Since Nepal has diverse cultures and traditions with more than 100 different castes, so there are many festivals Nepalese people celebrate. Here, we have picked the top 10 best festivals of Nepal that are celebrated by all Nepalese.
Dashain also known as Bada Dashain in Nepali is the national festival of Nepal celebrated for 15 days long. It is the longest and one of the most auspicious festivals in the Nepalese calendar. It falls in September or November every year. Among the 15 days, the most important days are first, seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth. Dashain is the symbol of victory of good over evil. It is especially celebrated as the day when God Ram killed the demon Ravan as per Ramayan. On this festival, all the school, colleges, institutions, government offices will be closed. All the relatives member who is busy in their work life will get time to get together with the family. People will take the blessing from the elders.
Things not to do in Dashain
Dashain is very near. There are something that you should not do in Dashain festival. Please make sure you do not do these things in Dashain, else you will regret later.
You can check the Dashain tika time.
When celebration comes drinking is must. People can’t stop to get wasted as liquor is so called the main source of enjoyment. Where it’s all fun and good people over abuse the liquor creating a chaos. Not only the toxic people will create unpleasant environment but also can be prone to drink and drive accidents and other accidents. As they say the most sales of liquor are said to be on Dashain so is the most admitted patients in emergency. So everybody let’s all have a blast and best to stay safe and make everybody happy.
Shopping!! Well honestly my favorite part. I bet it’s not just mine because the shopping centers, roads and market gets so crowded that it’s hard to walk without bumping into anyone. When the shopping starts it’s so hard to stop because of the overwhelming varieties and huge discounts and sales everywhere. Trust me it’s so easy to spend money that you’ll be out of our budget just with a blink of an eye. So I recommend to make a list prior and only get what you need and limit your budget and amount you buy so that you’ll not feel salty and stressed in Dashain over the money you spent.
This is a tradition that has passed down through our ancestors and well there are not much good things that I’ve heard about it. It’s either go big or go home. Either you hit the jackpot or lose everything. And the egoistic victims mostly toxicities will be willing to keep just anything on bet. Playing cards is a great way to bond and spend time and have fun but it just goes to such extend that people will lose huge amount of money not even go on debts. Let’s just keep it fun and good and the bets should either be nothing at all but in order to spice it up and make it competitive, the least amount of bet is advised. But I suggest not to involve in any of gambling, save your money and yourself.
Security and safety
This festival is the perfect excuse to bond, go for vacations, meet relatives and also we all have that one relatives that we only meet once a year and this is that occasion. Well people are always on their toe having to visit so many places for tika and it’s so overwhelming. It is a tradition and tika is very important culture so no member in family misses it. Also perfect excuse for robbers to break in when you have so many cash, golds and other expensive stuff laying around the house. It’s a jackpot. So everybody try to have someone stay while you’re gone, invest in good locks and security and hide your important valuable belongings and also pet are awesome I love dogs and they will save your day when you’re gone. So how about thinking to have an additional furry member in your household for this only reason?
Why do every time Dashain comes I end up gaining weight and it leaves me salty as al of my hard work on losing weight and being healthy. All those workouts goes in shame. All because it’s literally feast every day for like 10days. This is very unhealthy for the amount of calories intake and can result to many diseases so please everyone, even though it’s really hard and seems almost impossible try to be on check for what you’re consuming and try skipping meals if you’re really not hungry.
So here are thing that you should not do, and if you do it try to be in charge n take control. Have fun and have safe Dashain.
Another importance festival in Nepal is Bhai Tika also known as Tihar or Deepawali. On this festival, men visit the house of their sister to get the blessing from them. They put on tika on their forehead and give gifts to their sister according to their ability. In addition, sister serves a grand meal to the brothers. This festival is celebrated for 5 days. On this festival, different animals like crow, cow, ox, dog are worshiped. On the third and fourth day, Deusi and Bhailo are played during which group of people sing Deusi songs.
Chath is the main festival especially in Terai and Mithila region of Nepal. It is celebrated by the Tharus, Maithilis and Madhesi ethnic groups in all major parts of Nepal. In recent days, it is even being celebrated gradually by the people of Hilly and Himalayan region. On this festival, devotees dedicate themselves for the Sun, which is called Suya in Nepali. The sun is considered as the god of energy who promote well-being, prosperity and success in human life. On this festival, devotees perform holy bathing, fasting and abstaining from drinking water.
Janai Purnima is known as Rkshyabandan in Nepal. This festival is celebrated in the full moon day of Shrawan every year. It is mostly celebrated by Hindus and as well as Buddhist. On this day, people visit the nearby temples and Brahman priests offer an ornamental thread. On this day, Gosaikunda is the favourite place to visit where people bath in the sacred lake where it is believed that all the sins will be the washed out. Especially, Brahmins change their sacred threads while people of other castes put the rahkshya on their hand through priest.
The first day of the Magh month is celebrated as Maghe Sankranti. It falls in the month of January according to English calendar. On this day, the sun leaves its southernmost position and takes off for the northward journey. On this festival, people take the holy bathing and eat the auspicious food slike sweet potato, laddu, ghee, Chhaku which is believed to provide the strength to overcome the cold season. According to the mythological story, on this day King Bhisma who have power to control his own death choose to die. So, it is believed that dying on this day will achieve the mokshya.
Holi is on of the most entertaining and most well-celebrated festival in Nepal. It is famously known as Faghu Purnima, the festival of colors. On this day, people celebrate this festival by offering colors and water to each other. This festival is celebrated as the thanksgiving for good harvest, a victory of good over bad, start of the spring and end of winter. This festival is celebrated as the day when Holika, sister of the demon king, Hiranyakashipu was killed in the fire while the Prahlad, the devotee of God Bishnu was alive.
Buddha Jayanti, the day when Lord Gautam Buddha was born is one of the important festivals, especially for Nepalese Buddhist. This day is celebrated in the remembrance of Gautam Buddha. It falls on the full moon night of either May or June. The government Nepal has given public holiday on this day. People visit the nearby Buddhist temple to worship the Lord Buddha. Different ritual puja is organized as per Buddhist norms and rituals with chanting mantras.
One of the most well-celebrated festivals for the Nepalese women is Teej. This is the festival of women where unmarried women worship Lord Shiva for getting the good husband like him and the married women pray for the long and prosperous life of their husband. On this day, they visit the nearby temple of Lord Shiva, do fasting, sing the songs and dance in groups. Especially, Pashupatinath temple is the best place to visit on this day as it is believed that Lord Shiva will reside on this temple and fulfill the devotees pray. Nepalese women paint their hands with Mehandi. Look some best Mehandi designs.
It is another important Hindu festival in Nepal where Lord Shiva is worshiped by the Hindus. It falls in between February and March month of English calender. On this many Hindu devotees visit the Pashupatinath temple to worship Lord Shiva. Even the people from India, Bangladesh will come to visit this temple on this day. On this day, it is believed that worshipping the Lord Shiva will help to get prosperous in life. It is one of the greatest Hindu festival. There will be the public holiday. This festival is celebrated by taking Bhang, Dhaturo which is the favourite of Lord Shiva.
Another important festival of Nepal is Sripanchami which is also called Saraswoti Puja. Saraswoti is regarded as the goddess of education. So, on this day it is believed that whoever start their education is supposed to gain good educational background. Many schools open free admission on this day. This festival is celebrated by offering special puja to GoddessSaraswoti. In addition, schools or colleges organize different programs where students can show their talent. This festival falls in the month of Magh or Falgun.