About Festivals in Nepal
There are more than 50 festivals celebrated in Nepal every year that is why it is also the land of festival with at least one part of the kingdom celebrating a festival every day of the year. While the national festivals have fixed dates, religious festivals are set by astrologers following the lunar calendar.
For the Nepalese, festivals are not merely the annual spectacles, but also are a living part of their rich cultural heritage. Festivals effectively bind together the Nepalese people of diverse cultural backgrounds and beliefs into one nation. Most of these festivals are religious some have historical significance, while others are seasonal celebrations.
Most Nepalese festivals are related to different Hindu and Buddhist gods and goddesses and they are celebrated on such days consecrated for them by religion and tradition. There are also some festivals which are observed in honor of personal relatives such as festival of Matatirtha (for mothers), Gokarna Ausi (for fathers), Gaijatra (for the ones who are passed away). Some festivals are of national significance such as Dashain, a celebration of Goddess Bhagabati’s victory over evil Mahisashur, and Tihar, a celebration of lights dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi, and some are confined to the Katmandu Valley, while still others are celebrated only within one or two villages or cities. Fowling is the list of most popular festival in Nepal: