Celebrate the Spirit: Major Festivals of Nepal in 2024

Volunteers enjoying Holi Festival

Nepal, a land of diverse cultures and traditions, is not only known for its stunning landscapes but also for its vibrant festivals that reflect the rich tapestry of its people. As we step into 2024, Real Journey Nepal invites you to immerse yourself in the cultural kaleidoscope of the country by exploring some of the major festivals that promise an unforgettable experience.

  1. Dashain (September 11 – September 20, 2024):
    Dashain, the longest and most significant Hindu festival in Nepal, is a time of joy, family reunions, and blessings. Celebrated over 15 days, it culminates with the auspicious day of Vijaya Dashami. Witness the flying of kites, the playing of traditional music, and the vibrant tika (a mixture of yogurt, rice, and vermillion) ceremony.
  2. Tihar (October 27 – October 31, 2024):
    Known as the festival of lights, Tihar is a five-day celebration that honors various animals and entities. Each day is dedicated to a different creature, including crows, dogs, cows, and oxen. The highlight of Tihar is the worship of the goddess of wealth, Laxmi, accompanied by the lighting of oil lamps and colorful decorations.
  3. Holi (March 9 – March 10, 2024):
    The festival of colors, Holi, marks the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over evil. Join in the exuberant festivities as people play with colored powders, water balloons, and indulge in festive sweets. The lively atmosphere and the spirit of togetherness during Holi make it a must-experience event in Nepal.
  4. Indra Jatra (September 1 – September 9, 2024):
    Celebrated in the heart of Kathmandu, Indra Jatra is a unique festival dedicated to Lord Indra, the god of rain. Witness the Kumari Jatra, where the living goddess Kumari is paraded through the streets, along with vibrant processions, traditional dances, and the raising of the sacred Indra’s pole.
  5. Bisket Jatra (April 10 – April 19, 2024):
    The Nepali New Year, marked by the Bisket Jatra festival, is celebrated with enthusiasm in the town of Bhaktapur. The festival includes the erection of a large ceremonial pole, called Yosin, along with various traditional rituals, street processions, and the thrilling Yosin pulling event.
  6. Gai Jatra (July 8, 2024):
    Gai Jatra, the Festival of Cows, is a unique celebration that combines humor and remembrance of departed loved ones. Families who have lost a member during the year participate in processions, often accompanied by individuals dressed in cow costumes. The festival aims to bring solace and laughter during times of grief.
  7. Maghe Sankranti (January 14, 2024):
    Celebrated as the winter solstice, Maghe Sankranti marks the gradual increase of daylight hours. Devotees take ritual baths in holy rivers, indulge in sesame seeds and molasses-based sweets, and participate in various cultural events to welcome the longer days and warmer weather.
  8. Shivaratri (February 21, 2024):
    Devotees across Nepal observe Shivaratri by fasting, chanting prayers, and making offerings to Lord Shiva. The Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu becomes the epicenter of the celebrations, attracting thousands of pilgrims who seek blessings and participate in night-long prayers.


In 2024, Real Journey Nepal encourages you to embark on a cultural odyssey through Nepal’s major festivals. Each celebration offers a unique glimpse into the country’s traditions, providing an immersive experience that goes beyond the scenic landscapes. Join us in celebrating the spirit of Nepal and create memories that will last a lifetime.

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