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Between January to June

 

Major Festivals between January to June :

Maghi : 
Sonam Losar : 
Shree Panchami : On this day people worship Goddess Saraswoti (Goddess of knowledge and education). People go to the temples and offer Puja to the Goddess for the better knowledge. Children are taught to learn on this day. It is said that the child would achieve a higher rank if s/he starts learning on the day.
Maha Shivaratri : On the sacred night dedicated to Lord Shiva, thousands of pilgrims descend upon Pashupatinath temple, the holiest Hindu temple in the world – the abode of Shiva. Bonfires burn through out the night to seek Shiva’s blessings. All wood that is not nailed down is stolen by urchins who then spend all night basking in the glow of Shiva’s glorious bonfires.
Fagu Poornima (Holi) : Nepal’s water-splashing festival is a merry affair during which people douse colours on their faces. Colourful water-filled balloons are merrily thrown at passer-bys. The youngsters nowadays use acrylic paint and sewer water to enjoy themselves. Hashis cakes bhang (a cannabis flavoured drink) are legally sold on this day.
Ghode-Jatra : The Nepal army takes over the Tundikhel parade ground in Kathmandu on this horse-racing day to display its skills in warfare, acrobatica, motorcycle stunts and horse racing. Legend has it the horses are raced to trample devils who may rise from the ground to create havoc
Chaite Dashain : Also known as small Dashain, Chaite Dashain falls on the hot days of April. Like Dashain, this festival is also celebrated for Lord Ram’s triumph over the evil Ravana. People offer worship in the Durga temples and goats, hens, ducks etc. are sacrificed by devotees.
Ram Nawami : Just the next day after Chaite Dashain comes Ram Nawami, a birth day of Lord Ram and his triumph over the evil demons. People fasts on this day to offer Puja to the God.
Nepali New Year and Bisket Jatra : The Nepali New Year always fall in mid-April. The people of Bhaktapur celebrate the Bisket Jatra (Death of Snake Demons Festival) on this day. Two chariots are drawn pell-mell through the narrow alleyways of the town and a mighty tug-of-war ensues. The winners draw the chariots to their locale. A huge lingam pole is erected in the middle of the town by drunken revelers
Buddha Jayanti : The main festival celebrating the birthday of Lord Buddha falls during full moon (in May) and is held all over Nepal especially in Lumbini, the birth place of Buddha. Similar festivals are held at the same time at Swayambhunath and Boudhanath. Processions carry the Buddh’s image all through the night, glowing butter lamps and blazing electric lights to celebrate the auspicious occasion.
Mother’s Day : also called as ‘Mata Tritha Aunshi’ is the day when children offer gifts, money and sweets to the mother and literally look at their mother’s face. Those whose mother is deadmake, a ritual pilgrimage to Mata Tritha near Thankot is performed.
Bhoto Jatra : also known as The Red (Rato in Nepali) Machhendranath festival or the festival of the Vest, is held annually in Patan just before monsoon on a date decided by astrologers. Both Hindus and Buddhists celebrate the festival. The idol of Machhendra is brought from Bungmati village to Pulchowk and paraded on a huge, tottering chariot through the alleys of Patan to Jawalakhel. On an auspicious day, the King and Queen of Nepal (during monarchy regime), along with top government officials and thousands of devotees, used to descend upon Jawalakhel to catch a glimpse of the jewel-encrusted ‘Bhoto’ (vest) that, according to fables, Machhendra has given to one farmer. The farmer lost the ‘Bhoto’, but one day when he saw the same ‘Bhoto’ with other person he complained it to the King. Since the dispute could not be solved as the real owner of the ‘Bhoto’ was not recognized, the king ordered to show the same ‘Bhoto’ every year on the day of Machhendra Nath Jatra.