Festivals of Nepal

Nepal, the crown of the Himalaya is not only a land of sublime beauty with one of the world’s best and archeologically very important temples, it is also the land of endless festivals. Owing to its vast diversity of people and rich culture and traditions dating back to thousands years, the country is indeed a melting pot of more than 50 nationalities; speaking more than hundred language and adhering to different and distinct cultural identities. So for the Nepalese, festivals are not merely the annual spectacles but are also the living part of their rich cultural heritage which bind them together. It is famously said about Nepal that every other structure is a holy shrine and every other day a festival. Basically Nepal’s cultural heritage can be said to have evolved from three major groups namely Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman and Indigenous, each of which contributing and complementing the other in making this small country amazingly colourful and fascinating.

The ancient tradition of celebrating festivals in Nepal goes back to the Vedic times of the Aryans. The Vedic scriptures and literature give many references to these numerous festivals where celebrations were carried out to honour gods, rivers, trees, mountains, and the seasons, which involves not only fasting, prayers and devotion to a number of deities but are also equally events of social and cultural significance. During these festivities, performance of music, dance and drama takes place with displays of valor and virility. You will be astonished to see how steadily these colourful traditions have endured over the centuries bringing new hopes and energies into the lives of Nepalese people and to the nation as a whole. Festivals are an integral part of Nepalese life that draws out tremendous local participation. Festivals also offer visitors a valuable opportunity not only of having fun but also gaining deeper insight into various aspects of Nepalese life and culture.

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