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Nepal is known
for its continuous festivals. Nepalese are said to observe more festivals
than there are days in the year. Some of the major and interesting festivals
are presented below:
New Year´s Day usually falls in the second week of April. The Day
is observed as a national holiday. The people celebrate it with a great
pomp and show. On this accasion, Bisket Jatra is held in the city of Bhaktapur.
As Nepal is the birthplace of Lord Buddha, the Light of Asia, the triple
anniversary of the Buddha´s birth, enlightenment and death is observed
with many colorful ceremonies on this day. People celebrate the occasion
with great veneration paying homage to Buddha at places like Swayambhunath
It is celebrated
in all the Sherpa Settlement in the month of July. The Sherpas of Kathmandu
and Helambu regions participates in dancing on this day.
It marks the birthday of Lord Krishna, one of the incarnations of Lord
Vishnu. On this day, an impressive ceremony at the Krishna Temple in Patan
and Changu Narayan take place.
Dashain or Durga Puja:
The Dashain festival is the most important festival of the Nepalese. The
entire country is entete at the time of the festival. It takes some time
in the month of September-October.
is the most impressively observed in the month of February by all the Tibetan
speaking populations. They organize folk songs and dances on this occasion.
These dances can be seen in Khumbu, Helambu and other northern regions
of Nepal and also at Bouddhanath in Kathmandu.
Shivaratri or the night of Lord Shiva is observed in February-March. It
is celebrated in honour of Lord Shiva. A great religious fair takes place
in the Pashupatinath Temple and thousands of people from all over Nepal
and India visit the temple.