Sindoor Jatra Thimi Festival

  • Updated on Feb 15, 2023
  • Nirajan Chaulagain

The Sindoor Jatra (festival) is celebrated every year on Baishakh 1st and 2nd. Baishakh 1st is the Nepalese New Year (lunar calendar). Biska Jatra or Bisket Jatra is observed by people from the Newari people from Madyapur Thimi Bhaktapur district. Many people only focused on the 2nd day of celebration but the 1st day itself has its significance and thrilling experience. Sindoor Jatra Marks the arrival of Spring and on the 1st people carry the Khats around the town. Inside the Khats (small chariots) there will be 32 different Ganesh (God). 

Sindur or Sindoor Jatra Festival Dates 2023 / 2024

  • April 14 and 15 2023
  • April 13 and 14 2024

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During the Sindoor Jatra, people smear Sindoor (Vermillion) each other, traditional musical vibrations, dancing, exchanging, and sharing wishes.  The whole area of Madyapur Thimi will be Painted Orange from the Vermillion. If you have attended or know about the Colorful Holi festival then you will get an idea of the festival. But there won't be water throwing just with dry Sindoor (vermillion).

The tongue piercing is another exciting ancient tradition of this Festival. Only the Locals from the Bode (Thimi, Bhaktapur) person from the Shrestha (Cast) family can take part in this tongue piercing. The needle will be soaked in oil for a month and then pierced through the tongue. The person will be fasting for three days before the piercing event. 

If you are planning to visit Nepal during the Sindoor Jatra and other local festival events then reach to our tour expert for the Nepal culture trip itinerary. Similarly during the Sindoor Jatra Bhaktapur will be celebrating Bisket Jatra. Get amazed with the ancient tradition of Nepal which you will never get a chance to experince in other parts of the world.

Sindoor Jatra Festival Dates

  • April 14, 2023
  • April 15, 2023 is the final day of Sindoor Jatra.

Don't miss both days 1st and 2nd because both have different charming of this festival. Check our Youtube channel for both day's celebration highlights.