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August 2019

Balarama Purnima

15 August
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Gai Jatra Nepal Cow Procession

19 August

NEPAL. Gai Jatra is observed in Kathmandu valley only. Gai Jatra easily ranks high as one of the most popular of all Nepal?s festivals. It is connected with the worship of Yamaraj, considered the god of death. But oddly enough, it is also a time of comedy and, of all things, an annual cow parade. While Gai Jatra has been celebrated in Nepal since ancient times, the modern version of it dates from Medieval times. A king Pratap Malla had…

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Krishna Janmashtami

23 August

INDIA. Janam Asthami Janam Ashthami is celebrated on the day Lord Krishna was born. People keep fast for the whole day and break their fast at midnight after doing the Puja, celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna. The image of the infant Krishna is bathed at midnight and is placed in a cradle. Devotional songs and dances mark the celebration of this festive occasion all over Northern India. NEPAL. The day is very popular in Nepal and throughout the Hindu…

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September 2019

Ganesh Chaturthi

2 September

Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesh Chaturthi This festival marks the birthday of Lord Ganesh, is one of the most popular deities. He is worshipped by both Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Even Buddhists and Jains have respect for Ganapati. On the day of the Chaturthi, thousands of processions converge on the beaches to immerse the holy idols in the sea accompanied by drum beats, devotional songs and dancing.

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Rishi Panchami Nepal

3 September

NEPAL. Note: Rishi Panchami is observed by females only. In Hinduism, women are considered ceremonially unclean during menstruation, and they are not supposed to touch others, cook food, or perform religious rituals till their period is over. Rishi Panchami occurs on the fifth day of the Hindu month of Bhadrapad, which means it falls somewhere during August or September on the Gregorian Calendar. On Rishi Panchami, women take a ritual bath in holy water, be it in a river, pond,…

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Radha Krishnan Jayanti

5 September
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6 September
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11 September

Onam Onam is one of the greatest festivals of Kerala, celebrated unitedly without the differences of caste and religion. Onam is a celebration of ten days. It comes in the month of “Chingam” according to Malayalam calender. People put flower mats in front of their houses to welcome guests. They wear new dresses and visit temples and performing lot of dances like Thiruvathira kali and Thumbi Tullal. The most important thing is the grand lunch they will be having on…

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Indra Jatra Nepal

12 September

The eight-day long Indra Jatra festival falls in September and is one of the most exciting and revered festivals of the Newari community of the Kathmandu Valley.  This also marks the beginning of a month-long festival season of autumn. It begins with the erection of a wooden pole made of pine at Basantapur Sqaure in front of the old Hanuman Dhoka Palace.  For the pole-raising ceremony, hundreds of spectators gather at the Palace Square and on the surrounding temples. The…

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Vishwakarma Puja

17 September
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Navarati begins/Ghatasthapana Nepal

29 September

NEPAL. As the commencement of a 15-day Dashain Festival period, Ghatasthapana is one of the most important days on the Nepali calendar. It comes each year in late September to early October, the date varying on the Gregorian Calendar. The Dashain period runs from the ?no moon? of the Hindu month of Ashvin and culminates on the full moon of the same month. It celebrates Hindu beliefs concerning the victory of various gods over evil demon spirits, with Durga ?the…

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October 2019

Fulpati, Dashain begins in Nepal

5 October

NEPAL. The Dashain Festival is also celebrated by Hindus and Nepalese in practically every other part of the planet where they live. In Nepal, Dashain is the longest and most notable festival on the calendar, and many Nepalese expatriates actually return to Nepal specifically to observe Dashain Festival in their homeland. Dashain runs from the ?bright moon? until the full moon in the Hindu month of Ashvin, lasting for 15 days. On the gregorian calendar, it falls in either September…

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Saraswati Puja/Durga Ashtami/Maha Ashtami

6 October
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Dussehra Vijaya Dashmi

8 October

Dussehra Dussehra falls on the last day of Navaratri>. Dussehra literally means that which takes away ten sins. This Hindu festival is celebrated all over India to mark the defeat of Ravana by Lord Rama. Dussehra symbolises the triumph of good over evil. The ‘Ramlila’ – an enactment of the life of Lord Rama, is held during the nine days preceding Dussehra. On the tenth day, effigies of Ravana, his son and brother -Meghnath and Kumbhakarna, are set alight. Dusshera…

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Sharad Purnima/Kojagrat Purnima Nepal

13 October

NEPAL. Kojagrat Purnima is a national festive day in Nepal. It is not a separate holiday, however, but is the final day of the 15-day Hindu festival of Dashain. Dashain is the longest and most important of all holidays on the Nepali calendar. Dashain begins in the Hindu month of Ashvin and ends on the full moon of that same month, the full moon and the day on which it occurs being referred to as ?purnima.? Kojagrat Purnima will be…

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