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Nepal Events

Holi

Named the ‘Festival of Colours,’ Holi happens throughout Nepal and India every spring. A celebration of love and life, revellers show their gratitude by throwing brightly coloured powder over one and other in the street. Participants are advised to wear old clothes and leave valuables at home.


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Sonam Lhosar

Nepalis flock to monasteries throughout the country to celebrate the Tibetan New Year and welcome good fortune for the upcoming months. You’ll see Nepalis in traditional dress and Buddhist monks in elaborate costumes, dancing, chanting, and praying. Drums and song fill several days of ritualistic practice, and customary offerings attempt to appease religious leaders and spiritual heads.


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Nepal Tattoo Convention

Claiming to be the first organized tattoo festival on the subcontinent, the Nepal Tattoo Convention is an international celebration of body art. Since 2010, the event has brought artists and tattoo aficionados from around the world, who come to showcase body art and trending designs. Participants can join tours to see traditional tattoos on the Newari people of the Chitwan region.


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Dashain

The most important holiday in Nepal, families travel great distances to reunite and celebrate the Hindu festival of Dashain with their loved ones. The occasion marks the triumph of good over evil, and families celebrate by with masked dances and by purchasing goats to slaughter and roast – in some towns, streets will run red with goat blood. Most shops and restaurants are closed, so try and wangle an invite to the festivities.


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Navavarsha – Nepali New Year

Nepalis celebrate New Year three times a year on account of their being three separate calendars. However, the Nepali New Year is probably the most significant celebration (note: the Nepali calendar is approximately 57 years ahead of the Western Gregorian calendar). Bhaktapur puts on one of the best New Year parties; residents compete in a local tug-o-war contest for good fortune in the coming year.


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Tihar

Tihar is the second largest festival in Nepal and is celebrated by both Buddhists and Hindus. Known as the ‘Festival of Lights,’ towns across the country are illuminated throughout the five day jamboree. Gifts are exchanged between family members and gamblers are allowed to try their luck (placing bets is unrestricted during this holiday). The festival ends with a special day devoted to brothers who receive tikka blessings on their foreheads.


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Teej

Teej is a festival dedicated to women. The three-day jamboree happens throughout the country and includes both fast and feast. During the festival, married Nepalis don their finest red garments to sing traditional folk songs with friends and relatives. Streets are lined with dancing women, who hope their moves will bring good fortune and long lives to their loves ones.


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Kathmandu Jazz Festival

The Kathmandu Jazz Festival attracts a host of talented musicians from around the world. Since it first started in 2002, the festival has grown in both popularity and size. Today the schedule includes concerts, free shows and a range of educational workshops, which take place at venues across Kathmandu.


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