Nepal celebrates many festivals throughout the year. There are many regional, religious and traditional festivals celebrated in Nepal. Every festivals celebrated in Nepal have their own value and significance. Some of the major festivals celebrated in Nepal are as follows:
Dashain is the main festival of majority of Hindu living in Nepal. It is one of the biggest festival in Nepal. This festival is the longest of all the festivals celebrated in Nepal. Cities and markets are filled with crowds buying new cloths and other stuff to mark Dashain. Many animals like Goats, Chickens, and Buffalos etc are scarified in the eighth and ninth day of the festival. The tenth day of the festival is called Bijaya Dashami. Bijaya Dashami is the main day of the festival and it is celebrated by offering Tika and blessings to the junior member of family by the senior members. Dashain is celebrated by majority of ethnic community in Nepal. It is celebrated during the month of October.
Tihar is yet another important festival of Hindus that is celebrated to mark the relationship of brothers and sisters. Tihar is also known as Dipawali or the festival of lights. The festival lasts for five days. Each day marks with special offerings and celebrations for Crows, Dogs, Cows and Oxen. Laxmi Puja is one of the attraction of this festival. People worship Laxmi; the goddess of wealth in the day of Laxmi Pooja. Mha Puja is celebrated by Newari community during this festival. Bhai Tika is the major attraction of this festival. In Bhai Tika sisters offer Tika to brothers that insures good health, prosperity and success.
Buddha Jayanti is celebrated to mark the birth of supreme commander of Buddhism; Lord Buddha. It is celebrated in the full moon day during the month of May. Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha attracts many visitors during this festival. Many rituals are held in monasteries and stupas to mark this special day. Swoyambhunath and Boudhanath temples in Kathmandu attract many visitors on this special day.
Krishnaasthami festival is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Krishana; the supreme godhead of Hindus. Lord Krishna is believed to be one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The cpecial ceremony takes place in Krishna Temple in Patan, Changu Narayan temple in Bhaktapur and other Kirshna temple throughout Nepal.
This is the festival of colors and it is celebrated during the month of March. The special pole marking the start of this festival is erected in Kathmandu Durbar Square. On the day of Fagu Poornima people play with colors and water. The Fagu is mostly celebrated in Terai belt of Nepal.
Janai Poornima/Raksha Bandhan:
This festival falls in the month of August. This is yet another important festival celebrated by Hindus in Nepal. People take bath in different Holi River and tie special protection cord around their wrist. People make holy pilgrimage to the mountains in the northern part of Kathmandu. Special feast is held in Gosain Kunda and Kumbeshwor temple of Patan.
Gai Jatra Festival:
Gai or cow is holy animal of Nepal. Cow represents goddess of wealth Laxmi. Gai Jatra is celebrated in the month of August by Newari community of the deceased family member. It is believed that the festival was started during the eighteenth century by a king who wanted to cheer his wife who was mourning her son’s death. Since then this festival is celebrated by Newari people living in different part of Nepal. People are dressed like cows, different traditional instruments are played, and masked dance is performed during this festival. Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu durbar square is crowed with many performers and spectators during this festival.
Besides these many other festivals are celebrated in Nepal. Festivals of Nepal resemble traditional Nepalese value and typical Nepali culture.
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