Sindoor Jatra Thimi Festival

  • Updated on Apr 13, 2024
  • Nirajan Chaulagain
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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 in Madyapur Thimi Bhaktapur district. Many people only focus on the second day of celebration, but the first 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 (gods).

Sindur or Sindoor Jatra Festival Dates: 2024

  • April 13 and 14, 2024

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During the Sindoor Jatra, people smear Sindoor (Vermillion) on each other with 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 ceremony 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 out to our tour expert for the Nepal culture trip itinerary. Similarly, during the Sindoor Jatra, Bhaktapur will be celebrating the Bisket Jatra. Get amazed by the ancient traditions of Nepal, which you will never get a chance to experience in other parts of the world.

Sindoor Jatra Festival Dates

  • April 13, 2024 (Evening at 5 to 10 Pm)
  • April 14, 2024, is the final day of the Sindoor Jatra (From 8 Am until afternoon)


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

Impt Note: While organising these kind of festival tour we don't arrange after 8pm because of the security reasons, most of the people will be drunk.