Holi Festival in Nepal is celebrated in the early morning and does not end until sundown. This colorful and most exciting, high-energy festival is celebrated all around Nepal for 2 days. In hilly areas such as Kathmandu, and Pokhara, it’s celebrated on the first, and in Terai such as Chitwan, Bardia, and Birjung celebrated on the second day.
Locally it’s known as Fagu and celebrated on a full-moon day in Falgun Month (Lunar calendar) Mid-February to Mid May. Holi festival welcomes the spring season and marks the closing of the winter season. There are many mythical stories behind the Holi Festival but it’s a victory of good over evil. The Festival started with the Mahabharat, an Indian famous epic. King Hiranyakashipu didn’t allow people to worship God Vishnu but his (King) son Prahlad was a devotee of God Vishnu. Seeing his own son a devotee of Vishnu King tried to kill him in a different way but Vishnu was all the time to save the prince. Once the King ordered his sister Holika to burn his son on the full moon night when Holika and Prahlad sat on fire Holika was burned into ashes but Prahlad was unscathed. People saw Prahlad walking out from the fire without anything and they started cheering it’s believed that from this time the Festival Holi started.
Check other festivals which are celebrated in Kathmandu. Festivals of Kathmandu