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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events in Kathmandu?

Manish Kumar DEC 10 2012
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Want to get into the skin of the people of Kathmandu, try celebrating some of the most amazing festivals with them. It is not wrong to say that the culture of the city sings through different festivals that are celebrated all throughout the year. The people are so serious about the fun that they have that they shut all the businesses during all the festivals.

Now here are some of the spellbinding festivals of the city:

  • Tihar or more commonly called Deepawali

    The very famous festival of lights is a five day celebration that takes place each year around the end of October/start of November. Celebrated in full swing by the Hindus, the celebrations of the festivals are completed with rigorous house-cleaning, putting lanterns, candles, and playing with fireworks.

Interestingly, the Nepalese version of the festival is literally less explosive and focuses more on the other aspects of the celebration that include preparing traditional food and sweets.

  • Holi

    Another hindu festival that is known for its spirit is Holi
    that is celebrated in March with water and colored powder. If you enter the celebration with your pretty clothes on, you will need buckets full of luck!!

  • Teej

    Leaving everything behind, women have exclusive festivals for themselves. One of them is the festival of Teej that is celebrated by married women in September. The rituals of dressing up as a bride and visiting relatives is what makes this one a signifier of the culture and tradition of the place. While married women are doing their thing, unmarried girls stay up all night and pray for their future husbands.

  • Indra Jatra

    Indra Jatra is another festival that is celebrated in all its glory in the city of Kathmandu. It is the harvest festival that is held in Kathmandu's Durbar Square for eight consecutive days in September where the idols of the Goddess Kumari is paraded in her sacred chariot throughout the local streets.

  • Himalayan Blues Festival

Everybody knows that music has, through ages, proved to be the cementing force among populations worldwide and Kathmandu in that respect is no less. To celebrate the spirit of music, Kathmandu celebrates the Himalayan Blues Festival, which is one of the most acclaimed music festivals in the city. Organised at the best venues in the town such as the Garden of Dreams and Patan Museum, the reach of the festival also stretches to local bars and various hotel venues. This festival features musicians from all around the world and is held in the months of October to November.

Visit Kathmandu during one of its festivals and see a cultural charm decking this aethetic treat!

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