Holidays & Festivals in Nepal
Nepal is a South Asian country located between China and India. It is filled with ancient tradition and folklore, which weaves itself into every aspect of Nepalese life. Though the culture is deeply rooted in history, its government is quickly becoming more modern and its economy is growing. Nepal is the only country in the world whose official religion is Hindu. It is home to some of the most important Hindu sites, which attract religious pilgrims from around the world. Therefore, Hindu holidays are an extremely important part of the Nepalese culture. Buddhism, though not nearly as popular as Hinduism, has had a large impact on Nepal’s history as well, so many of its holidays are celebrated in addition to the Hindu holidays each year.
Nepal follows the Hindu Bikram Era calendar for everything including its holidays. The Nepalese lunar calendar has 12 months with varied dates making it difficult to pre-determine holidays in the upcoming years. The Government of Nepal sets the official public holidays each year with optional holidays and holidays that are specific to a segment of population.