There are more than 50 major festivals in a year celebrated in Nepal. Festivals in Nepal begin with religion, ending as social event. Although most of these festivals are religious some have historical significance, while others are seasonal and legendary celebrations.
The dates of most festivals are fixed by famous astrologers after consulting the lunar calendar. The biggest and most popular festivals are:
Teej, the women festival – 18 Sept 2012;
Indra jatra, a celebration to Indra, the God of rain – 29 Sept 2012;
Dashain, a celebration of Goddess Durga victory over evil Mahisashur – 16 / 24 Oct 2012;
and Tihar, a celebration of lights dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi – 11 / 16 Nov 2012
It is not hard to catch colorful processions in different streets of the Valley almost every other day of the week. Cultural acts of dances and songs are integral parts of some celebrations while some celebrations are just quiet family gatherings. Grand celebrations like Ghode Jatra and Gai Jatra entertain participants and spectators every year.