Nepalese Culture

Dates of Significance

Festivals and rituals are very important in Nepali society. Apart from having nationalistic or religious importance, they serve as ways to unite family members who are working abroad and communities as a whole. Most of the Hindu and Buddhist dates of significance follow the lunar calendar and thus their dates on the Gregorian calendar vary year to year.

National Public Holidays

  • ’s Memorial Day (between 23rd and 29th of January)
  • Rastriya Prajatantra Dibas Day (19th of February)
  • Nari Dibas – International Women’s Day (8th of March)
  • Nepali New Year (between 11th and 15th of April)
  • Loktantra Diwas (24th of April)
  • Majdoor Diwas – Labour Day (1st of May)
  • Ganatantra Diwas – Republic Day (28th of May)
  • Constitution Day (20th of September)
  • Maghi Parwa – Maghe Sankranti (Varies each year)
  • Sonam Losar – Tamang New Year (Varies each year)
  • Gyalpo Losar – King’s New Year (Varies each year)
  • Tamu Losar – Gurung New Year (Varies each year)
  • Nhu Danya Bhituna – Newari New Year (Varies each year)

Hindu Public Holidays

  • Maha Shivaratri (Varies each year)
  • Ram Nawami (Varies each year)
  • Janai PurnimaRakshya Bandhan (Varies each year)
  • Shree Krishna JanmasthamiGaura Parba (Varies each year)
  • Ghatasthapana (Varies each year)
  • Dashain Festival (Varies each year – 5 days long)
  • Kojagrat Purnima (Varies each year)
  • Tihar Festival (Varies each year – 3 days long)
  • Chhat Parwa (Varies each year)

Buddhist Public Holidays

  • Buddha Jayanti – Buddha Day (Varies each year)

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