Nepal Public Holidays

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A public holiday, national holiday or legal holiday is a holiday generally established by law and is usually a non-working day during the year. This page contains public holidays sorted by years. Holiday dates may be change from time to time, so please check back regularly for updates. Scroll down to view the national holidays and short description of each holiday.
  • The Federal Republic of Nepal is located in South Asia surrounded by the majestic Himalayan mountain range.
  • Public Holidays in Nepal are regulated by the Labour Relation Committee.
  • Saturday is the only non-working weekend in Nepal. Public and Private sector usually work from Sunday to Friday.
  • As around 80% of Nepal populations are Hindu, majority of Public Holidays are base on Hindu religious and cultural belief.
  • Dashain is the the longest and most anticipated festival in Nepal, Bhutan, Burma and North Indian hills. People return from all parts of the world, as well as different parts of the country, to celebrate together.
  • Employee will receive normal pay during Public Holidays off.

DateDayHoliday
14 JanSatMaghi Parwa / Maghe Sankranti (Religious Holiday) - The first day of the month of Magh
28 JanSatSonam Losar (Religious Holiday) - New Year celebration by the Tamang community
29 JanSunMartyr's Memorial Day (Shahid Diwas, Non-Religious Holiday) - Martyr's day in Nepal remembering the first four Martyrs of Nepal
18 FebSatPrajatantra Diwas (Non Religious Holiday) - Democracy day of Nepal
24 FebFriMaha Shivaratri (Religious Holiday) - Celebrated in reverence of Lord Shiva
27 FebMonGhyalpo Losar (Religious Holiday) - Celebration of Tibetan New Year
8 MarWedNari Diwas (Non-Religious Holiday) - International Women's day is celebrated on this day in Nepal
5 AprWedRam Nawami (Religious Holiday) - Birthday of Lord Rama
13 AprThursNepali New Year (Nepal Sambat) - Is the national lunar calendar of Nepal. This date is used for ceremonial purposes and to determine the dates to celebrate religious festivals and commemorate birthdays and death anniversaries
1 MayMonMajdur Diwas - International Worker's Day. It is an annual holiday that celebrates the achievements of workers
10 MayWedBuddha Jayanti (Religious Holiday) - Birth date of Lord Gautam Buddha
28 MaySunGanatantra Diwas (Non-Religious) - Republic day in Nepal
26 JunMonRamjan Edul Fikra (End of Ramadan)
7 AugMonJanai Purnima / Rakshya Bandhan (Religious Holiday) - Marks the renewal of the sacred thread by Brahmins. Raksha Bandhan celebrates the holi bond between brothers and sisters
14 AugMonShree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba (Religious Holiday) - Celebrated mostly in far western Nepal, this festival is observed in other parts as well
2 SeptSatEdul Aajaha / Bakar Eed (Feast of Sacrifice)
19 SeptTueSambidhaan Diwas (Non-Religious Holiday) - Constitution Day in Nepal
21 SeptThursGhatasthapana (Religious Holiday) - The beginning or 1st day of Dashain
27 SeptWedDashain Festival / Fulpati (Religious Holiday) - 7th day of Dashain when jamara is brought from Gorkha palace to Kathmandu
28 SeptThursDashain Festival (Maha Astami / 8th day of Dashain) - This is the day when the most fierce of Goddess Durga’s manifestations, the blood-thirsty Kali, is appeased through the sacrifice of buffaloes, goats, hens and ducks in temples throughout the nation
29 SeptFriDashain Festival (Maha Nawami / 9th day of Dashain) - Ceremonies and rituals reach the peak on this day. On this day, official military ritual sacrifices are held in one of the Hanuman Dhoka royal palaces, the Kot courtyard
30 SeptSatDashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami / 10th day of Dashain) - On this day, a mixture of rice, yogurt and vermilion is prepared by the women. This preparation is known as "Tika". Elders put this tika and jamara which is sown in the Ghatasthapana on the forehead of younger relatives to bless them with abundance in the upcoming years.
1 OctSunDashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashl)
2 OctMonDashain Festival (Dwadashi)
5 OctThursKojagrat Purnima (Religious Holiday) - Final full moon day after which Dashain officially ends
19 OctThursTihar Festival (Deepawali and Yamapanchak) - Is a 5-day-long Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal and in the Indian states of Assam and Sikkim including in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.
20 OctFriTihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Puja) - 4th day of Tihar. This day is seen as the beginning of the new Nepal Sambat calendar year.
21 OctSatTihar Festival (Bhai Tika) - The fifth day and last day of Tihar. sisters applying tika to the foreheads of their brothers to ensure long life and thank them for the protection they provide
25 OctWedChhat Parwa (Religious Holiday) - A festival marking the end of the rice harvest
25 DecMonChristmas Day (Religious Holiday) - Birthday of Jesus Christ. Christians only
30 DecSatTamu Lhosar (Religious Holiday) - New year celebrated by the Gurung Community.

DateDayHoliday
15 JanMonMaghi Parwa / Maghe Sankranti
25 JanThursSonam Losar (Tamang New Year)
30 JanTueMartyr's Memorial Day
14 FebWedMaha Shivaratri
16 FebFriGhyalpo Losar
18 FebSunDemocracy Day (Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas)
8 MarThursInternational Women's Day
25 MarSunRam Nawami
14 AprSatNepali New Year
30 AprMonBuddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
1 MayTueInternational Worker's Day
29 MayTueGanatantra Diwas / Republic Day
15 JunFriRamjan Edul Fikra
22 AugWedEdul Aajaha
26 AugSunJanai Purnima / Rakshya Bandhan
3 SeptMonShree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba
19 SeptWedConstitution Day
9 OctTueGhatasthapana
16 OctTueDashain Festival (Phoolpati / Phulpat)
17 OctWedDashain Festival (Maha Astami)
18 OctThursDashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
19 OctFriDashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
20 OctSatDashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashl)
21 OctSunDashain Festival (Dwadashi)
23 OctTueKojagrat Purnima
7 NovWedTihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Lakshmi Puja)
8 NovThursTihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Puja)
9 NovFriTihar Festival (Bhai Tika)
13 NovTueChhat Parwa
22 DecSatUrdyauli Parwa / Mangshir Dhanya Purnima
25 DecTueChristmas Day (Christians only)
30 DecSunTamu (Gurung) Lhosar

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