Vivah Panchami – 1st December 2019,
12th December 2018

Sita Vivah Panchami was the auspicious day when Sita, princess of Janakpurdham married Ram Chandra, the prince of Ayodhya. Sita was the daughter of  Janak the King of Janakpur. She was also known as a daughter of earth. Ram was a son of Dasharath King of Ayodhya. Sita and Ram were married on Marga Sukla Panchami. Hence, Marga Sukla Panchami is also called Vivah Panchami. The marriage anniversary of Lord Ram Chandra and Sita is celebrated with vigor at the Janaki Mandir in Janakpurdham. The temple is filled with thousands of pilgrims from all across Nepal and India.

vivaha panchami

Yomari Punhi – 12th December 2019
22nd December 2018

Yomari Punhi means the full moon of Yomari. It is one of the most popular of Newar festivals and is observed annually during the full moon in December. Yomari is a pastry of rice flour (from the new harvest) dough that is shaped like fish and is filled with brown cane sugar and sesame seeds, which is steamed. This delicacy is the main item on the menu during the post-harvest celebration of Yomari Punhi.

Udhauli Festival – 12th December 2019
22nd December 2018

Udhauli is an annual festival that is celebrated by the Kirat community of eastern Nepal. It marks the migration of animals and birds to the south to lower elevations which are warmer for the winter. The Festival of the Kirats or Udhauli Parva usually falls on the Marga Shukla Purnima - the same day as the Yomari Punhi a festival of the Newar community. The same day has been declared as "Jyapu day." The whole Kirat population celebrates the Udhauli Parva Festival. The Kirats were the first recorded people to have ruled Nepal.

It is believed that winter starts from this very day. Hence, some people, birds, and animals migrate to the warmer regions of the country from the higher altitude. Ubhauli is celebrated by this community to mark the migration of birds and animals northwards during the spring season.

udhauli festival

Tamu Lhosar: 30 Dec-2018 | Sonam Lhosar - 5th February 2019 | Gyalpo Lhosar  - 7th March 2019

Lhosar is widely celebrated by the Tamu or Gurung, Tamang, Sherpa, and other Himalayan ethnic groups and Tibetans. Lhosar is the beginning of the new year, and each community in their own style celebrates it. Tamu Lhosar is also known as Tola Lhosar to Gurungs, while the Tamangs and Sherpas celebrate Sonam Lhosar and Gyalpo Lhosar respectively.

tamu lhosa

Maha Shivaratri -
4th March 2019

Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated annually in the devotion of Lord Shiva. Nepal receives enormous crowds at Pashupatinath on this day. Sadhus (Hermits) often cover considerable distances to make it to this pilgrimage to Nepal. They start congregating at Pashupatinath Temple area a few days before and after the celebration. Shiva Ratri used to be the only day to consume hashish and marijuana openly in Nepal. Lot's of tourists can be seen sitting with the Sadhus.

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