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Between July to December

 Major Festivals between July to December :

Naga Pachami : This is a festival of Snake God that falls on August. Brahman priests are hired by all households to cleanse their houses of all evils, by pasting a picture of the ‘Naga’ (snake) over their doorways. Pujas (prayers) are performed and offerings of milk and honey are left for the snake gods. The Nagas are pacified through prayers and their protection and blessings are sought.
Janai Poornima : The Festival of the Janai (Sacred Thread) is also known as Raksha Bandhan and is celebrated on the full-moon day of August. Higher caste Hindu men change their Sacred Thread they must wear around their chests. In the hills of Nepal, devotees descend upon Shiva temples with a ‘Jhankri’ (medicine man) leading the throngs from each village.
Gaai Jatra : During the festival of the Sacred Cows, children and adults dressed as cow pass through the city streets to honour the souls of their realtives who have recently died. It is also the day on which organized group of people and newspapers are legally allowed to defame and slander any aspects of the society and the general people.
Krishnastami : Lord Krishna’s birthday is celebrated with a huge festival at the stone temple of Krishna in Patan Durbar Square. Hyms and religious songs are sung all night by devotees throughout Nepal.
Father’s Day : also known as Gokarna Aunshi is similar to Mother’s Day. People offer sweets, money and gifts to their fathers and look at their father’s face. Those without fathers go to the Bagmati River at Gokarna to bathe and have their father’s soul blessed.
Teej : On the day of fasting for wives, all Nepali wives fast from sunrise to midnight to ensure that their husbands have good fortune and a long life. Heavily bejeweled women wearing red saris descend upon Pashupatinath temple to dance and sing the day away. Colorfully at tired hill women trek down to Kathmandu to perform this festival.
Gaura Parba :  
Indra-Jatra : The festival of the King of Gods is an eight-day festival at Kathmandu Durbar Square. The purpose of the festival is to ask Indra for post-monsoon showers for the harvest of the rice crop. This is the day the Living Goddess, or Kumari, of Kathmandu presides over a colorful ceremony attended by the top government officials and foreign diplomats.
Dashain : The 10 days festival of Dashain (Durga Puja), celebrating Durga’s triumph over evil, is Nepal’s biggest festival. All creeds and castes participate. People visit their families all over the country to rejoice over the goddess Durga’s triumph. Banks and government offices are closed and most parts of the country comes to a standtill during this festival. It is difficult to start trek during Dashain because all the buses and planes are jammed and porter are totally unavailable.
Tihar (or Dipawali) : The Festival of Light is the second most important festival in Nepal. During Tihar, people pay homage to Laxmi, the goddess of wealth. Houses are given new coats of paint, hundreds of oil lamps and candles are lit, firecrackers are recklessly tossed into the streets and most houses are packed with men gambling the night away. It is believed that the goddess blesses the gamblers who have made her happy.
Chath Parba : The great festival that is celebrated among the people of Terai regions falls just after ‘Tihar’. During this festival Terai people fasts throughout the day being clean by heart, speech and deeds. The other day worshipping the rising sun with various things like Tikas, Incenses and Flowers, the festival ends.
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