Nepal’s Biggest Festival Season


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Nepal’s Biggest Festival Season

Nepal All Set for Its Major Festivals

  • Dashain (September 20 – October 5, 2017)
  • Tihar (October 17-21, 2017)
  • Chhath (October 24, 2017)


  • Most important festival for Nepalese that falls in the month of Kartik
  • A 15-day long festival that glorifies the victory of good over evil
  • Symbolised by Goddess Durga killing demon Mahisasura
  • Marks the remembrance of Lord Rama’s victory over demon-king Raavana
  • Celebration occurs during the bright lunar fortnight and ends on the Full Moon Day

Tihar: Festival of Lights

  • Second most important Nepali festival after Dashain
  • A 5-day celebration dedicated to different animals, Crow, Dog, Cow and Oxen are worshiped, followed by the overall worshiping of Goddess Lakshmi, the main deity
  • Goddess Lakshmi (the goddess of wealth) is worshipped with oil lamps, candles and colorful lights lit in every house


  • A festival that falls on the 7th day after Tihar
  • Devotees observe fasts and make offerings to the Sun God by gathering at river banks
  • Majorly celebrated in Terai region and in Rani Pokhari tank in central Kathmandu

Preparations on Pace

  1. Public & Transport 
    • 2 million people likely to leave the Kathmandu Valley for Dashain 2017
    • Advance travel bookings on rise, 46,000 passengers made online reservation for Dashain
    • As many as 12 travel help desks set up across the Valley
    • Exciting festive discounts by companies in the offing
  2. Arrangements by Government 
    • Over 6,000 security personnel to be deployed in the Valley
    • Around 6,000 public vehicles to provide transport services daily during the festival time
    • Salt Trading Corporation (STC) imported 25,000 tonnes of sugar from India to suffice the festival needs
    • Dashain reception across constituencies on cards
    • Exchange of new banknotes began, NRB allows Rs 27,000 per head
  3. High Rise in Demand for Goats
    • Nepal Food Corporation Allots Rs 332 million for the purchase of around 4000 goats
    • Indian imports to meet 90% of goat demand in the Valley; Tibet to export 9000 mountain goats
    • Mustang district to supply to supply at least 25,000 sheep and mountain goats
Published: September 21, 2017 | Author:

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