Colorful Holi Festival In Nepal

  • Updated on Feb 17, 2024
  • Rugged Trails Nepal

The 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, it's celebrated on the second day. 

Locally, it’s known as Fagu and is celebrated on a full moon in Falgun Month (Lunar Calendar) from mid-February to mid-May. The Holi festival welcomes the spring season and marks the closing of the winter season.

Mythical stories behind the Holi Festival

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 epic. King Hiranyakashipu didn’t allow people to worship God Vishnu, but his 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 always there to save the prince. Once the King ordered his sister Holika to burn his son on the full moon night, Holika and Prahlad sat on fire. Holika was burned into ashes, but Prahlad was unscathed. People saw Prahlad walking out of the fire without anything, and they started cheering. It’s believed that from this time on, the festival of Holi started. Check out the other festivals that are celebrated in Kathmandu. Festivals of Kathmandu


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Holi Festival Dates in Nepal in 2024

  • 24 March 2023 (Inside Kathmandu)

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

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

Things to Know Before Joining the Holi Festival!

  • Don’t carry valuable things like your passport or wallet. (if you are going into the crowd).
  • Make sure your camera is waterproof if it is not covered with plastic.
  • You never know where or when you will be shocked by the water (balloons, buckets).
  • Colors that might affect you and allergic problems.
  • 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 2024; we arrange a special "Nepal Holi Photography Tour."