Rato Machhendranath Rath Jatra : The Chariot ride of Red Machhendranath

One of the most important festivals and also one of the most spectacular of all the festivals to be marked in Patan takes place in April or early May when the massive chariot of Rato Machhendranath is hauled through the narrow streets of Patan. read more>>

Buddha Jayanti: The full moon of Lord Buddha’s Birth

In contrast to other adjoining cities that marks up as her neighbors, Patan has been densely inhabited by the Shaykas and the Bajracharyas, all of whom have Buddhism as their principle religion, as unlike in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur. This has seen to Patan celebrating, rather on a very grand scale, the birth celebration of Buddha, the initiator of Buddhism. read more>>


Sithinakha: The birthday of the warrior god Kumar

This time of the year is marked by the important festival for the Newar inhabitants of the city - Sithinakha. It is widely celebrated by worshipping the ancestral god of one’s clan. The religious ceremony is followed by sumptuous feast. This day is also marked by cleaning the sources of water by the valley dwellers.
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Gunla: The Scared month of Lord Buddha

The fifteen days before full moon of August or early September, and the fifteen which follow, comprise the scared lunar month of Gunla, the holiest of period of the Buddhists. read more>>

Naga Panchami: The day of the Snake Gods

Although one sees a live snake in the Valley, they are very much with us, as evidenced by the wood, stone and metal carved serpents which adore the idols of the gods and the kings alike, the temples and the shrines, water taps and sunken ponds and even shops and homes. read more>>

Janai Purnima: The Scared Thread Festival

Janai Purnima falls on the full moon day of August and is a time marked with festivals that begin the preceding evening, continuing all through the day and lasting far into the night. read more>>


Gai Jatra: The procession of Sacred Cows

Legend has it that this festival was initiated by the king who had just lost his son to death. It is believed that this fate was unbearable to the queen and the king initiated this festival to show that other people in their kingdom had also lost their loved ones. read more>>

Krishna Aasthami: The birthday of Lord Krishna

In whole of the country Lord Krishna is worshipped with enough feverish ceremonies to render every other gods, goddess and deities green with jealously. In Patan, where one of the most important temple dedicated to Krishna is situated, the marking of the ceremonies to celebrate the Lord can be summed up by one word: Grand. read more>>


Dashain: The Universal Mother-Goddess triumphs over Evil

Dashain is by far the longest, most auspicious and most joyous time of the year, celebrated by equal respect and devotion all over the country. The celebration period of Dashain marks the victory of goddess Durga who liberated the sufferings of the people from the miseries caused by the evil demons headed by their fierce king: read more>>


Tihar or Diwali: Goddess Laxmi’s Festival of Lights

Tihar brings the worship of Laxmi, Goddess of Wealth; and to the Newars - day to worship one’s own body or self. Also worshipped in turn are the lowly dog and ill-omened crow, as well as the ever sacred cow, the family money box and the brothers of every home. read more>>


Shiva Ratri: The Scared Night of Lord Shiva

Shiva Ratri, literally meaning ‘the night consecrated to Shiva’ is celebrated by paying tribute and homage to the Lord himself. As the name suggests the festival; has more to night than the day, as for in the nights the true grandeur is manifested. The temples premises light up with the open bonfire that is lighted, for the belief that on this day the warmth of the fire is to be felt by everyone. read more>>

Holi: The Festival of Color

The arrival of Holi, named after the mythical demoness Holika finds men, women and children of all age and from all cast of life doused with scared red powder or splashed with scarlet liquid. read more>>
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