Colorful Holi Festival In Nepal

  • Updated on Jan 14, 2023
  • Rugged Trails Nepal

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


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Holi Festival Dates in Nepal in 2023

  • 6 - March - 2023 (Inside Kathmandu)

  • 7- March - 2023 (Terai Region) Chitwan, Bardiya... 

People celebrate in different ways but mainly on this day people celebrate with colors and throwing colorful water. Mostly on this day, shops will be closed and the main streets will be full of colors and water. Where to celebrate Holi in Nepal? Well, depends on where you are but if you are in Kathmandu visit Kathmandu Durbar Square. Take care of your belongings things if you are going into the crowd!

Things to Know before joining Holi Festival!

  • Don’t carry valuable things like your passports, or wallet. (if you are going into the crowd).
  • Make sure your camera is waterproof if not covered with plastic.
  • You never know where and when you will be shocked by the water (balloons, buckets).
  • Colors that might affect you and allergic problems people, Please don’t.
  • Prepare yourself to Play Holi.
  • Get white T-shirts because they will be colorful at the end and a memorable gift going back home. Make sure you don’t need your pants again!

Plan your holiday vacation in Nepal during the Holi Festival 2023, we arrange a special "Nepal Holi Photography Tour"