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It is said about Nepal that every that other structure is a holy shrine and every other day a festival. Well, if the number of annual festivals, both religious and national, is any indication, the saying couldn't be moretrue. Festivals are an essential part of Nepalese life that garner tremendous local participation. Festivals also offer visitors a valuable opportunity not only for having fun but gaining insight into various aspects of Nepalese culture.
The religious festivals follow the lunar calendar, while national festivals have fixed dates. Wherever or whenever you arrive in Nepal, you can be pretty sure of being at the right time for one or more special events. Some of the major and interesting festivals are presented below:
Baisakh Poornima (April):
Red Machchhendranath Rath Jatra (May-June):
Gaijatra (Cow Festival, July-August):
Vibhaha Panchami (November-December):
Maha Shivaratri (February-March):
Fagu Purnima (Holi-February-March):
Maha Shivratri is the night of the worship of Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the main Shiva Temple in the world mostly Malayasian, Indian and Nepali people are joint for this Shivaratri festival in the Pashupatinath Kathmandu is observed for a one day and one night only. All Hindus people offer special prayer to the lord of devastation. The phallus symbol on behalf of Shiva is called the lingam. It is generally made of stone.
Tihar is celebrated for five days.In this year 2016 Tihar festival date from 09 Oct to 13 Oct. Five days 09 Oct first day is a crow festival (Kaag Tihar). 10 Oct is Dog festival (Kukur Tihar). 11 Oct is God Laxmi Puja ( Laxmi Puja). 12 Oct Gobardhan Puja (Ox Tihar).13 Oct is the main festival day Bhai Tika.