22. A festival tour of Nepal where a festival takes place every week: Festival of comedy/light/colors and more….

The colourful spectrum of Nepal celebrating festivals creates lasting and cherished memories for anyone involved. Throughout the calendar year, there are many festivals being celebrated. One of the best ways to truly understand the beauty and richness of Nepali culture is through festivals, lively and purposeful; they are a treat to all senses.  A rich display of culture, festivities include rituals, songs, dances, food and performances.

GAIJATRA (Cow Festival): August. It is a carnival lasting 8 days. Highlights include; dancing, singing, comedy and anything that causes mirth and laughter.

TEEJ: September. A Hindu festival celebrated by women. Dancing, folksong and the colour red of women’s wedding saris dominate the days of Teej.

INDRAJATRA: September. The festival of Indra, the God of Rain is celebrated with great enthusiasm, lasting 8 days. The Chariot of the Kumari, the Living Goddess, is taken out into procession through the main streets of Kathmandu.

TIHAR/DEEPAWALI: November. Known as the festival of the lights, Tihar is celebrated for 5 days during which time houses are illuminated at night and special sweets are prepared and enjoyed.

HOLI (Festival of Colors): Celebrates Spring in the most extraordinary display of colour and happiness

LOSAR: January-February. Impressively observed by Sherpas who organise folksongs and dances for the occasion.

Options:

Just be an observer and capture moments in photographs, or participate in the festivals with locals (e.g. planting rice in the paddy farm and playing with mud, playing with color and water with locals in Holi festival or dancing with locals in Bisket festival).

You can time your visit with any of these festivals. You can enjoy a festival with a local expert photographer who will take you to spots from where you can take best photographs.

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7. Travel to know, if God is he or she!

Observe the festival of Kumari, Living goddess; a small & cute girl with 32 perfections in life being worshipped as a true god amidst extravagant rituals and community participation.

Having its origin in the medieval period of Nepalese history, a golden age of art, craft and architecture, this largely religious celebration is based upon local legends and follow the lunar calendar (beginning in May) which changes from year to year.

A tour of Kathmandu city incorporating observation of this festival will provide the perfect package for the culture and tradition enthusiast by offering an exceptional opportunity to observe an indigenous religious festival.

When and where

This festival takes place annually in Kathmandu, Nepal around the month of October. The exact date isn’t know until May of the year due to the celebration following a lunar calendar.

Options

  • – Observing the whole festival which takes place for multiple days or just on two of the most important days.
  • – Observing the festival with a tour guide or a photographer/guide.
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Khokana Festival, Visit Nepal 2011 Program

Less than 10 km from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city, you can get to ethnic villages and enjoy fresh air, centuries old culture and heritage, welcoming people and food.

This is a great characteristic of Kathmandu valley if you know where to go.

The indigenous Newar Community still lives in an ancient way; its truely unspoiled. The dresses and ornaments wore by men and women are unique and attractive. There musical instrument, dances and musical prosessions are very interesting. Most amazingly, the communal living is just unbelievable. People come here to do PHD on this matter. They stay in the community for the knowledge and unique holiday experience.

Nepal is celebrating Visit Nepal year 2011 in initiative of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB). Attraction of festivals are food stalls on the street, cultural dances and festivals in traditional form. Things that were most amusing to me were the whole town full of men and women in ethnic dresses and food & drink (and that is off course alcoholic) everywhere.

Indigenous Newari House

A girl in traditional Newari Costume

Yomari and Bara; unique food and best taste

traditional ornaments and jewellery

Traditional way of grinding raw rice

Preparing traditional food to sell to visitors

Traditional Newari Orchestra

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