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Monsoon Festivals - The Popular Festivals of Nepal

Nepal Monsoon Festivals

Nepal is popular for natural beauties, Himalayas and amazing landscapes, no doubt but do you think the culture, traditions and festivals are the reasons why thousand of people visit Nepal every year. Yes, Nepal is a country with multi-lingual, multi-ethnic, multi-cultural community who have almost every day a festival. If you are traveling in Nepal and witness or have the opportunity to witness the Nepalese culture, you will get amused. You will experience a different culture and traditions of different communities and the festivals are a part of exchanging the happiness, joy and feelings.

Since a long, Nepal has been practicing the different cultural events and if you are traveling Nepal in monsoon, sure you will enjoy the Nepalese festival along with your travel plan. Here are the list of Nepali festivals that you will witness during your visit in Nepal.

Naag Panchami July 27, 2017
Naag Panchami is a traditional ritual activity celebrated in Nepal worshiping of snakes by Hindus throughout Nepal, India and all over the world where Hindu live. Generally, this festival falls in the middle of Monsoon season (June/July) and marks the welcoming of other festival. The Hindu people worship serpent or snakes by posting the pictures of Naag in their doorways and offer milk. It is believed that worshiping Naag will protect against snakebites.

Rakshya Bandan July 28, 2017
Rakshya Bandan or Janai Purnima is one of the most popular festival in Nepal celebrated by Hindu Community of Nepal and India. It falls on the full moon day of Shrawan (July/August). On this day, Hindu people go nearby sacred pond, lake for the spiritual bathing and ties a sacred thread on the body and hand from priest or eldest person of the family. The festival also celebrated between the Brother and sisters as there will be stronger and longer love and respect between them.
This year, the festival is being celebrated on july 28 as on August 7 full moon there will be eclipse.

Gai Jatra 8 August, 2017
Falling on August/September, Gai jatra is the main festival of Newari community of Kathmandu valley and around the valley. The festival is celebrated with the humor, satire, jokes and happiness among the families, friends and relatives. On this day, Newar community of Kathmandu valley remember the lost member in a family and they join in a procession.

Krishna Janmasthami August 14, 2017
According to Hinduism, Krishna Janmasthami is the festival celebrated to honor the Lord Krishna on his birth day. The festival is observed on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha (dark fortnight) in the month of August/September. This festival is celebrated with the great significance in Nepal and India. The devotees observe the festival by fasting until midnight. They also recite the Bhagavad Gita, sing bhajans and kritans. The temples of krishna are decorated, the statue and poster of krishna are worshiped. This festival is also celebrated in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Fiji and all over the world where Hindus lives.

Haritalika Teej August 24, 2017
Haritalika Teej, the festival of women is celebrated for three days in Nepal. This is the great festival for Hindu women where they dress up in red sarees, tika, bangles, sing and dance to traditional folk songs, worship Lord Shiva and wish for the good health of their spouse if they are married. Whereas the unmarried pray the god to have good husband. The married women go to their maternal home, have feast, sing, dance and perform ritual puja. During the celebration, women have the feast known as Dar, second day they sit for fasting whole day without drinking a drop of water and third day they perform puja. Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu and nearby Shiva temples are crowded by the devotees.

Indra Jatra  September 05, 2017
After the Gai Jatra celebrated by Newar community, another biggest festival of Kathmandu city, Indra Jatra falls on september. Traditionally also known as Yanha Punhi, this festival is celebrated honoring the Lord of rain, Lord Indra. During the procession, living goddess of Nepal is also worshiped and celebrated as Kumari Jatra. This is a festival of about eight day which takes place in Kathmandu Durbar Square with the group of newar community playing local music.

Constitution Day 19 September, 2017

The constitution of Nepal came into effect on September 20, 2015 ie 3rd of Asoj, 2072 replacing the interim constitution of 2007. The day of promulgation of the new constitution is celebrated as the National festival each year.

Note: — Hartalika Teej and Rishi Panchami are observed by females only.
— Ghode Jatra, Gai Jatra and Indra Jatra are observed in Kathmandu valley only mostly by Newar Community.

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