14 Major Festival and Events in Nepal 2019

The best Culture Events in Nepal 2019,

HARDLY A WEEK PASSES IN NEPAL WITHOUT A FESTIVAL. They fall into three categories; Hindu or Buddhist festivals. Historical festivals commemorating the royal family or an epic event from the past. Seasonal festivals, where offerings are made for good harvests.

List of  Festival and Events in Nepal 2019

14 Event and festival list of Nepal

  1. Happy New Year 2077
  2. Saraswati Puja 2020
  3. Ramanavami Festival
  4. Visket Jatra Festival
  5. Elephant Race and festival in Sauraha
  6. Buddha Jayanti
  7. Teej
  8. Dashain
  9. Dipawali
  10. Holi
  11. Krishna Jatra
  12. Ghode Jatra
  13. Rato Machendranath Jatra
  14. Gai Jatra

Most festivals are local affairs, but there are some large national ones too. All dates are based on Nepal’s lunar calendar and are approximate only.

where all the major hotels provide cultural entertainment of one kind or another in the evenings.  It is also worth checking the notice boards in Thamel or announcements of performances. Some of the better restaurants in Thamel have live traditional music.

More Festival of Nepal 2019

Mention Nepal and most people think of mountains. But while it’s impossible to visit Nepal without at least catching a glimpse of the towering Himalayas, many visitors are content to admire these peaks from afar and restrict their sightseeing to the cultural attractions of Kathmandu valley.

Janai Purnima


Janai Purnima

Janai Purnima is the full moon Hindu celebration of the renewal of the sacred thread – Janai – worn looped over the shoulders of high caste Brahmins.

Celebrations center around the Khumbheshwer temple in Patan. Pilgrims mark the occasion by making a pilgrimage to Gosainkund, the sacred lake at the head of Trisuli valley, 4,300m (14,100 ft) above sea level, and which is said to have a subterranean connection with the lake at Khumbheshwar temple.

Krishna Jatra

Krishna Jatra


Krishna Jatra, in August, celebrates the birth os Krishna, a manifestation of Bishnu in the aspect of Love. Processions bear pictures detailing Krishna’s exploits and at night women gather at the Krishna temple in Patan to sing praise.

Ghode Jatra

ghode jatra


Ghode Jatra, which is held in Tundikhel, Kathmandu in March. Held on appease
Demon Gurumapa, the King of Nepal is the Chief guest. The principal attractions are horse races, acrobatic shows, and a procession of chariots of the goddesses.

Rato Machendranath Jatra


The Rato Masyendranath Jatra festival is held in the first month of the New Year (April to May), but the actual date is decided on the basis of propitious signs by Hindu priests… Matsyendranath is a patron of the rains, and with the monsoon imminent he is drawn through every neighborhood of Patan, on a meandering route that may take a month or more to complete.

Gai Jatra

Gai jatra festival

Gai Jatra, which falls in July, is Kathmandu valley’s “cow festival.” Cows, it is believed by Hindus, lead the way into the other world after death. This festival is held in memory of those who have died in the past year. Cows, cow effigies and children dressed as cows are paraded through the streets.

It is also a day for merry-making and fancy dress-in patan the crowds impersonate cows, holy men, sadhus, or madmen as they walk around the city. In Bhaktapur, celebrations are rowdier, with singing, stamping, joking, shouting and much drinking.

Ghantakarna festival

Ghantakarna festival

Ghantakarna, held in Kathmandu in July, is one of the most riotous Newar celebrations. It celebrates the slaying of Ghantakama, a demon whose name means “bell ears”, a reference to the bells he wore on his ears to drown out the name of Vishnu. On the last day before the new moon, worshippers place tripods of fresh reed stalks at crossroads and indulge in cheerful obscenities. At twilight, amid much good-humored banter and jostling, and an effigy of the demon is symbolically drowned and evil is banished.

Cultural Events in Kathmandu Nepal

Culture Events in Kathmandu Nepal, Culture Events in Nepal

Less touristy performances are held at the Hotel Vajra (01) 272719, P.O. Box 1084, Bijeswori, Kathmandu. You will need to check for times. Performances vary from folk dances to modern productions, but a trip out to this hotel near Swayambhunath temple is always worth the effort.


Lakhe Nach


The Everest cultural Society performs folk dances daily from 7 pm at the Hotel de 1’ Annapurna. The New Himanchuli Cultural Group stages classical and folk dances together with songs and music at the Hotel Shankar’s Cultural Hall daily from 6:30 to 7:30 PM (November to February), and 7 to 8 pm (March to October).

Early European visitors to Kathmandu valley came away with tales of a land in which every second building was a temple. This is an exaggeration, of course; but to refer to the valley as a “treasure trove” of art and architecture is to do no more than state the obvious.

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