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Nepal might be the only one country in the world where the guests are symbolized the gods and their warm and hearty hospitality is believed to gratify the god. Sincere, generous and great hearted people of Nepal are culturally very rich. Even in the age of science and technology, the people of Nepal still believe in witchcrafts & supernatural forces. It is believed that everything contains the particular god/goddess and women symbolize the power. Prosperous cultural heritage and diversity is the identification of Nepal.

Nepal is not only famous for natural beauty, it has so many cultural wonders which might be the real lifetime experience for the tourists. It is believed that there are: temples & shrines more than the houses, Gods & goddesses more than the people and 366 feasts & festivals in 365 days (in a year). According to the Hindu epics, Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the main gods of Hindus and there are 330,000 thousands deities scattered all over the universe. Nepal is one of the richest countries in cultural heritage which can be the real paradise for the anthropologists and the pleasure tourists who are interested to experience the novelty in culture.

Each society and caste group of people have their particular religion, feasts, festivals and traditions. That's why, the best way to experience the cultural shocks/phenomenon is to travel the certain society and area then study the culture very closely.

Ceremonial Performances, feasts and festivals are good examples of cultural heritage which can be experienced in following dates according to the Festival calendar :

Months
Festivals
Religious group
Place
Jan-Feb
Maghi Mela
Hindu
Devghat Chitwan, and whole region of Far western Nepal
Jan-Feb
Saraswoti Pooja
Hindu
All over Nepal
Jan-Feb
"Lhosar" Tibetan New year
Buddhist
All over Nepal
Feb-Mar
"Shivratri" Lord Shiva's birth Day
Hindu
Pashupatinath Kathmandu, all over the country
Mar-Apr
"Holi/Fagu" the color festival
Hindu
All over the country, specially Tharu people in Terai
Mar-Apr
"ChaiteDashain" male animal sacrifice Day
Hindu
All over the country
April
"Bisket Jatra" the Nepalese New Year Hindu
Hindu
Thimi, Bhaktapur
Apr-May
"Behedababa Mela"
Hindu
Chaumala, Kailali, Far western Nepal
Apr-May
"Rato Machhindranath Jatra"
Hindu
Newari society, Kathmandu valley
Apr-May
"Buddha Jayanti" Lord Buddha's birthday
Buddhist/Hindu
Swayambhunath, Kathmandu
Apr-May
"Mata Tirtha Aunsi" Mother's Day
Hindu
Kathmandu
April
"Dumje Festival"
Buddhist
Junbesi village, Solu
Jul-Aug
"Nag Panchami" honor of snakes
Hindu
All over the country
Jul-Aug
"JanaiPurnima" Sacred thread
Hindu/Buddhist
Specially in Dudh Pokhari Manang, Muktinath Mustang
Jul-Aug
"Gai Jatra" Cow festival
Hindu
Specially in Kathmandu valley
Aug-Sept
"KrishnaJanmastami" lord Krishna's Birth Day
Hindu
All over the country
Aug-Sept.
"Gawara" The wish making Day
Hindu
Only in Far western Nepal
Aug-Sept
"Teej" women's wish making day
Hindu
All over the country
Aug-Sept
"Gunla Parva" Five Offerings festival
Buddhist
Swyambunath, Kathmandu Valley
Aug-Sept
"Gokarna Aunsi" Father's Day
Hindu
Kathmandu valley
Aug-Sept
"Yertung" the horse racing festival
Buddhist
Muktinath and Lomanthang, Mustang
Sept-Oct
"Indra Jatra" accomplishment of monsoon
Hindu
Kathmandu valley
Oct-Nov
"Dashain" biggest festival of Nepal
Hindu
Whole country, specially in Far west Nepal
Oct-Nov
"Tihar" light festival, 2nd biggest
Hindu
Whole country
Oct-Nov
"Jaant Festival" gathering of all gods
Hindu
Far west Nepal
Oct-Nov
"Mani Rimdu" festival of victory
Buddhist
Chiwang, Thami and Tengboche monasteries in Khumbu region
Nov-Dec
"Biwaha Panchami" marriage of Sita to lord Ram, Nepalese & Indian
Hindus
Janakpur

Village Tour can be the best idea to experience the unique Nepalese culture where the religious & ritual ceremonies and wonder of customs can be experienced very closely.

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