Magh Sankranti : First day of Nepali month Magh, marking the end of winter.
Losar: A two weeks festival celebrating Tibetan New Year.
Maha Shivratri: Sacred night dedicated to Lord Shiva burning bonfires throughout the night to seek Shiva’s blessings. Thousands of pilgrims descend upon the Nepal’s holiest Hindu temple Pashupatinath and other temples on this occasion.
Holi: This festival is a merry affair of throwing water and daub red powder on each other’s faces
Seto Machhindranath: On this day a large chariot of Machhindranath is built and dragged to southern part of old town. The day is deemed auspicious by astrologers, the Kumari (living goddess) presides over a ceremony during which Macchindranath is bathed by priests.
Mata Tirtha Aunsi: Nepali Mother’s Day.
Buddha Jayanti: This is a celebration of Buddha’s birthday.
Nag Panchami: This is the day worshipping Snake God by pasting a picture of Nag (snake) over the doorways and performing prayers and giving offerings for Snake Gods.
Janai Purnima: Celebrated on the full moon day of August is the festival of sacred thread and sprouted beans are cooked in every houses.
Krishna Janmastami: Celebration of Lord Krishna’s birthday
Teej: Festival of Nepali wives fasting from dawn to midnight to ensure that their husbands have long life and good fortune. Heavily bejeweled women dressed all in red dance and sing the day away.
Dashain: The 10 day festival of Dashain is celebrated for the triumph of Goddess Durga over evil and is the biggest festival of Nepal. This is celebrated by all creeds and castes sacrificing animals in honour of Durga and taking the blessings from elders on the tenth day called Bijaya Dashami.
Tihar: The festival of lights is the second most important festival of Nepal, during which people pay homage to Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. Hundreds of oil lamps and candles are lit in every houses, firecrackers are tossed.
In addition to these there are many regional festivals and ceremonies celebrated by different ethnic groups and castes.
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