Mr. Tej & His Team of High Mountain Wave Trekking have been most helpful & provided a great inside in to what Nepal has to offer.
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|Main Festival & Events||Attraction|
|New year||Nepali new year|
|Ghode jatra||Horse racing|
|Loktantra diwas||Loktantra day|
|Majdoor Diwas||Labor Day|
|Buddha Jayanit||Buddha Birth day|
|International Environment day||International Environment day|
|Janai purnima||Full monn day|
|Gai Jatra (in kathmandu)||Cow Festival|
|Krishna Janmastami (in Patan)||Krishan Birth day|
|Childrens Day||Childrens Day|
|Father's Day||Father's Day|
|Teej||Festival days of Hundu women|
|Rishi panchami||Rishi panchami|
|Indra Jatra in Kathmandu||Indra Jatra in Kathamndu|
|Ghatastapana||Dashain Festival 1st day|
|Dashain Phulpati||Dashain Festival 07 th day|
|Dashain||Dashain Festival 10 th day|
|Tihar (bhahitika) Dipawali||Tihar Festival Starts for 3 days|
|Chhath parba||In Tarai|
|Human Right Day||Human Right Day|
|Cristmas day||Cristmas day|
|Year 2008 begins||New Year|
|Shree Swasthani Brata begins||Shree Swasthani|
|Prithvi Jayanti and National Unity Day||Natioanl day|
|Maghe Sankranti or Makkar Sankranti||Magha 1 day|
|Lhosar||Tibettan new year|
|Prajatantra Diwas||National Democracy day|
|Fagu Purima||Colurfull day|
|Chaitra Dasain||Chaitra Dasain,|
|Maha Shiva Ratri||Shiva Birth day|
Cast & Religions: Nepalese people are mainly divided into two distinct groups, the Indo-Aryans and the Mongoloids. Kathmandu Valley is the spiritual and cultural meeting point of all these groups. Religious practices are an important part of the lives of the Nepalese people. Mythologies of various Hindu gods and goddesses abound in this country and cultural values are based on the philosophies of holy books like the Swasthani Gita, Ramayana etc. Women and children visit neighborhood shrines at dawn to offer worship to the gods. Holding plates of rice, flowers, and vermilion powder, they perform puja by lighting incense, ringing the temple bell, and applying tika, a red paste, on their foreheads. Passers by stop at temples and show their reverence to the gods by spending a few minutes praying. Occasionally, groups of men sit near temples playing music and singing hyms until late night. In Nepal, Hinduism and Buddhism are the two main religions. The two have co-existed down the ages and many Hindu temples share the same complex as Buddhist shrines. Hindu and Buddhist worshipers may regard the same god with different names while performing religious rites. Though Nepal is the only Hindu Kingdom in the world, many other religions like Islam, Christianity, and Bon are practiced here. Some of the earliest inhabitants like the Kirats practice their own kind of religion based on ancestor worship and the Tharus practice animism. Over the years, Hinduism and Buddhism have been influenced by these practices which have been modified to form a synthesis of newer beliefs.
As a result, visitors to this country may often find the religious practices in Nepal difficult to follow and understand. But this does not prevent one from enjoying the idifferent traditional ceremonies and rituals of Nepalese culture. It is indeed a totally new experience of religious fervor.
Thousands of gods and goddesses make up the Hindu pantheon. Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva are he three major Hindu gods who have heir own characteristics and incarnations. Each god has his own steed which is often seen kneeling faithfully outside that god's temple. Symbolic objects are carried by the multiple ands of each deity which empowers them to perform great feats.
Sakyamuni Buddha is the founder of Buddhism who lived and taught in this part of the world during the sixth century BC. The great stupas of Swayambhunath and Bouddhanath are among the oldest and most beautiful worship sites in the Kathmandu Valley.
The spinning of prayer wheels, prostrating pilgrims, collective chants and burning butter lamps are some Buddhist practices often encouithtered by tourists. A slip of paper bearing a mantra is kept inside the wheels so that prayers are sent to the gods when the wheel is spun. Scenes from the Buddha's life and Buddhist realms are depicted on thangka scroll paintings which are used during meditation and prayer ceremonies. Many Buddhist followers are seen performing these practices in Swayambhunath, Boudanath, and at other Buddhist sites around the Valley.