Holi in Nepal
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Holi in Nepal – Enjoy the Holi Festival in 2020


Get yourself wet with the colored water of Holi and get others wet. Celebrate the vibrant Holi festivals with Nepalese youths.

Holi in Nepal is one of the most interesting festivals in the country. Also known for the beautiful color game, it is the festival of colors- red, blue, green and all other bright colors. Holi is also known as Falgu Purnima or Holika Dahan in some places. It is celebrated for the propose of bringing color and peace in life. Holi wishes to observe good over evil. Here is everything about Holi in Nepal- celebrating the Holi festival in 2020.


When is Holi Celebrated?

Holi in Nepal is celebrated in every Purnima (Full Moon Day) of Nepalese month Falgun. It falls somewhere between February and the middle of March.

Basically, it denotes the start of the Spring season. So if you want to be part of this festival, plan visiting Nepal during the end of February.

In recent years, Holi is not just celebrated by the Nepalese but thousands of tourists celebrate it together. After all, the colors and waters make it an interesting festival.

What is the history of Holi?

According to Hindus Myth, the beginning of Holi is based on King Hiranyakashipu. King Hiranyakashipu had a son, Prahlad who was the great devotee of Lord Bishnu. But the father Hiranyakashipu didn’t worship Lord Bishnu. So he wanted to kill his son Prahlad and so asked his sister Holika to kill him.

Hiranyakashyap ordered Holika to sit on a burning fire ( fire couldn’t harm Holika) along with Prahlad. But instead of Prahlad, the fire burnt Holika. Prahlad was left alive and harmless. After that day, Holi was celebrated by Hindus around the world.

Years later, it is now celebrated with colors, balloons, and water packets. Holi celebration in Nepalese culture is importance tradition.

Holi Traditions in Nepal

The way Nepalese celebrate Holi in Nepal is different from the celebration by Indians. Nepalese has a special Holi ceremony for erecting a wood pole. Nepali women get dressed in their traditional clothes and then circle around the wood pole to pray for the blessings with auspicious things in hand.

The streets and the surrounding streets turn into a sea of colors, waters, and music. And you’ll also get the chance to witness the concert of prestigious singers.

Holi observances in 2020

Holi is celebrated for a week and on the eighth day, it ends with the Holi bonfire. But in Kathmandu, it is celebrated only for a day.

You’re recommended to be part of this lively water fight. It will be the chance of laughter and relaxation that you bring you back to your childhood. You don’t need to worry about cleanness and appearance and you can be as nasty as you want.

You can celebrate your holi in Nepal with a Nepalese family. Different concerts and shows are organized by restaurants and hotels as well. You can also enjoy it in street junctions and other public places. Basantapur of Kathmandu and other heritage area is also filled with people who celebrate holi.

Tips for Nepal Holi Festival

  • Get the white T-shirts along with cheap pants and slippers for the festival day. After the festival is over you can either keep them as Holi souvenirs or throw the t-shirt away.
  • Get a raincoat for the camera or cover it tightly with plastic wraps.
  • You will need a facial cleanser and shampoo to clean off the paints.
  • If you just want to observe and participate in this colorful festival, roam around the temples around Durbar Square.

To Sum Up,

Holi marks the victory of good. Holi marks the bright colors and happiness. Celebrate this happiness with your loved one. Get ready to be wet and colored.

If you are in Nepal during the festival times, do not miss celebrating holi with Nepalese youths.

Say us how you plan to celebrate Holi in Nepal.

About Shobita Neupane

Shobita is a co-founder of Travel Diary Nepal. She is a passionate traveler and a content writer. Her favorite quote is Fly so high until your problem looks smaller and the dream seems closer.

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