in Nepal traditionally begins with something religious and moves
with spontaneous spirit into a pleasant family feast. This is
because, for Nepali/s, relegion has always influenced and has been
the core of Nepali culture.
Most of the festivals celebrated in Nepal are religious. However,
they can be generally divided into four sections keeping in mind the
main aspects of the festival emphasized:
These festivals are specially designed to honor a certain god or
goddess. For instance, Bada Dashain, the festival of Devi Durga, the
universal mother goddess also known as Kali.
- The historical festivals are celebrated to keep alive memories of
events of importance. Gaijatra, was introduced by Jaya Prakash Malla.
- Since Nepal is an agricultural country there are different
festivals like Laxmi Puja which mark the different seasons of
harvesting, planting etc.
- The different seasonal festivals are celebrated in order to mark
the beginning of special seasons. Holi or Fagu is the festival
inspired by spring, the season of colours.
- These festivals are based on legends than on any reliable
historical record. Ghantakarna is a festival, which is also based on
a legend. It is celebrated as a great relief from the death of a
most dreaded legendary monster- Ghantakarna.
One of the interesting ways to understand the beauty and richness of
Nepali culture is through its festivals. During festivals in Nepal,
cultural dances, songs and performances are practiced. These
cultural treasures make the festivals interesting and entertaining.
People find more joy participating in performances and watching
others perform and so, no festivals are idle gatherings. Instead,
they are lively and purposeful.
Cultural Sites of Nepal