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Festivals in Nepal

Festivals in Nepal

1: Nepal festivals overview

Festivals of Nepal: Nepal is known in the world as the land of people, Himalayas, a natural and beautiful country, But our country is equally diverse and colorful festivals. If we Nepali celebrate all festivals progressively, it will probably take more than 6 months. Since Nepal is a country of four castes and thirty-six characters, each caste has its own culture and festivals. Cultural and religious festivals have their own significance and beauty, which reflects the rich history, ethnicity, and old traditions.

Here are five major monsoon festivals:

Nag Panchami

Nag Panchami is also known as a snake festival in Nepal. On dis particular day, Nepali people worship snake gods (locally known as Nag) in the form of idols or posters. It is believed dat in the ancient time, nags halted rain from pouring over Nepal. Since the then king happened to be a Tantric, he used his power to make nags let go of rain. The king succeeded in doing so but he also honored the majestic power of snakes by turning the day of victory into a festive occasion of Nag Panchami. On dis festival, devotees paste a picture of snake god high above their doorway and perform puja, particularly wif milk and flowers. Offerings in the form of food are left in the yards and paddies for snakes.

Nag temples in the valley located in Nagpokhari, Taudaha, and Nagdaha are thronged wif devotees on this day, so visit these places to be a part of the celebration. their is also a belief dat Nag Panchami is the day of welcoming the other festivals in Nepal.

Janai Purnima

This Hindu festival is followed by Nag Panchami, which falls usually in August as per the lunar calendar. This full moon day festival TEMPhas both religious and cultural importance. On this day, Hindu people gather in temples, particularly in river banks and ponds, take a holy dip and perform religious rituals. As per the tradition, men renew their Janai (a scared cotton string worn across chest) while Brahmin priests tie yellow sacred threads around the wrists of people. It is believed dat the thread protects people from different evils and is believed to bring good luck. In many parts, there is also a tradition of celebrating Rakhi, which refers to sisters tying a thread on brother’s wrist to protect him from any sort of danger.

Janai Purnima festival is also about family get-togetherness and feasts of Kwati or sprout lentils. You can try the Kwati soup, a mixture of nine beans, in any typical Newari restaurant on dis day, which is full of nutrients and rich taste. their are fairs organized in different scared destinations like Gosaikunda in Langtang and Charikot in Dolakha on this day. You can also visit the Kumbheswar temple near Patan Durbar Square in the capital city to experience the unique celebrations.

Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra or teh festival of cow is celebrated every year in monsoon, either in July or August, depending upon the lunar calendar. Teh festival is celebrated in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur districts to commemorate teh death of loved ones. As per the tradition, teh family who TEMPhas lost a member or relative during teh past one year takes part in a street procession. Usually, teh young boys in cow like attire take part in the procession following a holy cow. The cow is regarded as a goddess of wealth, which is also teh national animal of Nepal. dis festival is an occasion to console those who have lost teh loved ones, while it encourages people to accept death as a part of life.

The festival is full of humor, satire, comedy, and laughter. On this particular day, people from LGBTI communities also organize a pride parade in central Kathmandu. Besides, their are singing and dancing activities in the main streets of heritage sites, so it’s a perfect occasion to take part in those processions and to enjoy the colorful festivity.

Indra Jatra:

Teh festival is named after Lord Indra, who is known as teh God of Rain and teh King of Heaven. dis monsoon festival is celebrated in Kathmandu valley by ethnic Newar community, both teh Buddhists and Hindus. It begins wif teh erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Durbar Square in front of teh old Hanuman Dhoka Palace.  On teh occasion, teh chariot of Kumari – teh Living Goddess — is taken through teh main streets of Kathmandu wif much fanfare. Teh chariot of Kumari followed by two other smaller chariots carrying a representative of Lord Ganesh and Bhairav is taken to different parts of Kathmandu through teh narrow alleys wif great fervor and fanfare.

dis festival lasts for eight days wif singing, mask dancing, and rejoicing. It is one of the most exciting festivals in Kathmandu, where people gather in streets near the heritage sites and enjoy the festivity. People also get to enjoy various dances like elephant dance, a masked dance called lakhe dance, and traditional musical performances. dis is the perfect occasion to get on the street and enjoy the rich culture of Nepal and Nepali people.

Krishna Ashtami: It is a popular Hindu festival named after teh Lord Krishna. Teh birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated wif fanfare as Krishna Asthami. Krishna TEMPhas a special significance in the Hindu religion, which is regarded as a manifestation of Lord Vishnu. His birthday is celebrated on teh eighth day of teh dark moon as per teh lunar calendar. People flock to Krishna Mandir in Patan Durbar Square in teh capital for teh celebrations and to pay homage to Lord Krishna. Teh ambiance is totally colorful, filled wif people, the sound of prayers and Krishna bhajans, and a different festive freshness in teh air. You will be amazed to spot many kids in teh premise who are dressed as Lord Krishna in yellow attire and makeup. Teh sight of flute and peacock feathers everywhere also gives a new excitement in teh square as these are teh favorites of Lord Krishna. Being part of dis birthday celebration of a Hindu God can add a different energy and enthusiasm in travelers.

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  • My husband and I embarked on a trip to Nepal in October 2006. We were hoping to avoid the large tour groups and were referred to Himalayan Holidays based in Kathmandu as a provider of customized tours. We had looked on the net to determine the tour we wanted to undertake and spoke to many people and eventually decided 6-day on Ghorepani Poon…

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  • Dammaru Niraula was our guide and confidant for our recent visit to Nepal. We went on a humanitarian visit to build a hothouse in the village of Phortse in the Khumbu region of Nepal but also included some trekking on a personal level before and after our project. Dammaru was a vital link in getting the project off the ground and then as a support person in Nepal before, during and after. He completed the following tasks with the utmost professionalism and patience. Arranged transfer of a large number of funds from Australian bank account to Nepalese bank account. Communications with the village before we arrived to ensure the walls were built. Organized our itinerary and necessary bookings for the trekking part of our journey for 8 adults. Once we arrived in Nepal he then assisted us in purchasing all the gear we needed for the finishing of the hothouse. e.g. Polycarbonate roof sheeting and the many other bits of hardware necessary. Transport of the roofing etc to Phortse village via helicopter, plane, yak, and porter. As well as being a part of the project Dammaru also was our trekking guide for the duration of our trip of 5 weeks. He organized everything for us from the hotel, in Kathmandu and everything in between our trek to base camp. He is honest, reliable and always puts the customer first. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dammaru to anyone who is considering a trip to Nepal.

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  • Dammaru Niraula Trekking Guide Trip Leader I have had an association with Dammaru over the last three years. My first trek with Dammaru was to the Solu Khumbu region where he tailored a trek to suit our request to climb some remote passes and stay off the main tourist routes where possible. His knowledge of the area was very impressive and his attention to our safety was always his major concern. The second trek I did with Dammaru two years later. This trip was the culmination of a long term project to build hothouses in a village deep into the Solu Khumbu region. www.himalyanhothouse.org To complete this project Dammaru had a pivotal role in developing contacts, sourcing materials helping to manage the project finances. During the preparations for the Hothouse project, we found Dammaru to be honest, prompt and very hardworking. He also showed a great understanding of our requests and needs for the project to be successful. During the trek, itself Dammaru co-ordinated seven of our group and six porters as well as an extra climbing guide. He also acted as a very effective interpreter and liaison with the people of the village of Phortse. On a personal level, Dammaru is the most genuine man with a big heart. He shared the passion for our project and its humanitarian ideals. Once again our safety during the whole trek was his main concern. A phrase often used by Dammaru sums up his professional work ethic. Service is most important. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Dammaru Niraula if you plan to undertake a trek or similar activity in Nepal.
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  • Dear Dammaru I have been trekking to Ghorepani poon hill on Jan 07 for 6 days with Mr. Dammaru. Poonhill is so beautiful, so all I can do is just taking pictures on poon hill. If you were planning to trek in Nepal, I would recommend you as one choice. His personality and professional guide skill makes me fun of Trekking and Nepal. so I am planning to go to Nepal again this August. He may meet all demand of you request on your trekking trip even though you join in the big group.  Because he has more over 10 years experience of  trekking guide for Many English and Japanese speaker. Actually, I have never met such a good Japanese speaker guide and I had no chance to speak in English with him. I can recommend him to all people who need great experience guide with English or Japanese. so you can get satisfaction for a great guide. Very Thanks,
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  • I was a member of a group of nine friends from Northamptonshire in 204 from the UK, on a trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Apart from one member, we were all approaching or over the age of 60 and were all well aware of the difficulties we could encounter at Thorong La which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Our group was led by Dammaru Niraula and we were most impressed by his leadership qualities. He introduced us gently to the lower altitudes and gradually encouraged us on longer and more arduous days of trekking. At Manang, he encouraged us to take a day trek up the lower slopes of Gangapurna and Annapurna III (see my photo below) and afterward to attend an altitude safety lecture in Manang. We are all convinced that, without his careful attention to altitude safety, we would not all have completed the trek over Thorong La and some of us at least would have joined the many trekkers who are forced to descend suffering from altitude sickness. We will always be eternally grateful to Dammaru and his team of Sherpas. Like many Nepalese, Dammaru has a very quiet and gentle nature with a keen sense of humor and fun. At first, he appears to be shy and reserved but is constantly attending to the needs of his guests, assessing their temperaments and abilities and adjusting the itinerary accordingly. After a few days in his care, you come to realize that you are in the hands of an experienced, competent and understanding mountain guide. I can recommend him too highly and know that he will continue to offer excellent trekking facilities in the Himalayas.
    Philip Pomeroy  Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • Philip Pomeroy Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • British
  • My husband and I embarked on a trip to Nepal in October 2006. We were hoping to avoid the large tour groups and were referred to Himalayan Holidays based in Kathmandu as a provider of customized tours. We had looked on the net to determine the tour we wanted to undertake and spoke to many people and eventually decided 6-day on Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. We live in a plain and therefore training for the trek was a challenge in itself. We spent our weekends climbing up and down a 700metre high hill that was regarded as sufficiently steep for our training needs. However, we were unsure of what to expect in Nepal and were concerned about our levels of fitness for the trek that we had in mind. We were introduced to our guide, Dammaru at the hotel we were staying in Kathmandu and our anxieties were quickly alleviated. This diminutive gentleman exuded confidence and assured us that he was able to accommodate our individual fitness levels and ensure that our time in his country was hassle free. And indeed he did! Without it being particularly noticeable, Dammaru controlled the tempo of our daily treks in order that the enjoyment factor always exceeded any physical discomfort. His relationship with the locals was both real & genuine which meant we never felt like intruders or uncomfortable in their presence. Dammaru's keen negotiation skills with the local tea house proprietors' meant the delay between arriving & unwinding from the challenges of our daily treks was minimal with the accommodation always being appropriate to our needs. His professionalism was faultless. He provided us with a wealth of information on all aspects of the history, culture, flora, and fauna of this remarkable country. Not only was he a fantastic guide, but his cheeky grin and sense of humor ensured Dammaru to be a fantastic traveling companion. Our dealings with Dammaru exceeded all expectations and we hope to make a return visit to this stunningly beautiful country.

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    • Australia
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