Today, May 10, 2017 is the birthday of Buddha – celebrated as “Buddha Jayanti” in Nepal. Budhha, originally named Sidhartha Gautam was born in about 543 BC in Kapilvastu of Nepal. He taught people of non-violence and love to each other. UNESCO has listed Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautama Buddha, as a world heritage site.
A saint poet of 13th century, Gyandev, had created an interesting children’s game called Moksha Patam. The square board game contained a lot of snakes and a lot of ladders. That is why, under British occupation, the British later named it “Snakes and Ladders” instead of the original Moksha Patam. Snake and Ladders game is
The Nepali version of Mother’s Day is different from the Western world. The festival to respect and show love to one’s mother people in Nepal – people celebrate Mother’s day on the new moon day of Baisakh, the first month in Nepali calendar. This year, in 2018, the festival falls on April 15, 2018. The
Bikram Samvat 2074 starts on April 14, 2018. The Nepali year and the other equivalent years: Gregorian Calendar – 2018 and 2019. Shake Samvat – 1940 Nepal Samvat is 1138 and 1139 The links in the name of the festival will take to the details on the festival. This post will be updated regularly so
Baisakh is the first month in the Nepali calendar. Like January 1 in other countries, Baisakh 1 in Nepal is the national new year. The day falls at the middle of April. In 2018, the New Year falls on Saturday April 14, 2018 – Baisakh 1, 2075. Why is Nepali New Year different? That is
Naulinga (नौंलिंग (लूःमधी) भद्रकाली जात्रा) is a yearly festival held in Bhadrakali temple. The Jatra is held in the area near Kirtipur. As it is held in the outskirt of Kathmandu city, and is not held in the main city, the festival doesn’t get media attention and is limited to the local people and communities.
Every year Seto Machindranath Rath Jatra starts in around March end (Chaitra Sukla Aastami). This year, the Jatra started on March 25, 2018. The Seto Machindranath (White Machindranath or Machhendranath) is considered the god of rain and the god for good rice harvest. In the festival, the statue of god Seto Machindranath is carried up
The colourful festival ‘Holi’ is coming soon in Nepal. The festival is usually celebrated in March (It is on March 12 in 2017. The dates might slightly differ from year to year.) An introduction to Holi and the reason behind the celebration of Holi: Main features of Holi: The festival marks the end of winter
This year on January 22, 2018, students all over Nepal celebrate Shree Panchami – the birthday of goddess Saraswati. The festival also known as Basanta Panchami is also celebrated as Saraswati Puja. Last year, the festival was on February 1 (read last year’s report here.). Saraswati is the goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music
This festival ‘Maghe Sankranti’ means the first day of Magh month in the Nepali calendar (Lunar calendar). The first day of the Magh month is being celebrated as a festival all over Nepal by eating a special dish for the day. In Kirati communities, it is considered the new year. They usually eat various roots