Festivals of Nepal

Although predominantly Hindu, Nepal’s ethnic diversity is also reflected in its over 100 festivals people celebrate. The festivals listed below are the most important:
Dashain
The biggest and most important festival in Nepal is Dashain, lasting about 15 days. Commonly Dashain falls in late September or October, right after the monsoon season. Dashain symbolizes the victory of good over evil.
Tihar
Tihar (also known as Dipawali), usually in October or November, is the festival of lights. Candles and other lights are lit inside and outside the houses and people create colorful patterns using colored sand, flour, rice and flower petals on the floor in courtyards or inside their houses which is meant to be sacred welcoming areas for the Hindu deities.
Maha Shivaratri
Shivaratri means the night of Shiva - ratri meaning night and Shiva being the most important God for Hindus. It is celebrated in February or March, at the start of the spring season. According to the legend, Parbati used to pray for her husband Shiva and it is now the day when Hindu women pray for their husbands. At every Shiva temple devotees enjoy marihuana that night with the blessing of God Shiva.
Fagu Purnima or Holi
Holi is the festival of colors, celebrated in February or March, at the end of the winter season. For the one day festival which signifies the victory of good over evil, people will be splashing each other with water and colors.

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