Festivals

Nepalese celebrate a number of festivals and occasions throughout the year. Again many of the festivals are peculiar to different ethnicities. For the Hindus, the major festivals are Dashain, Tihar, Janai Purnima, Mahashivaratri, Bala Chaturdashi etc. In Kathmandu valley, there are boisterous cultural processions running for weeks like the Bisket Jatra, the Seto Macchindranath Chariot Procession festival, the Rato Machhindranath Chariot Procession festival, Ghode Jatra, Indra Jatra etc. In the Himalayan region, Lo Sar, a.k.a. Lhosar (the New Year) is a major festival. In Khumbu region, the Mani Rimdu also holds special attraction. In the terai region, Chhath is of special importance.