Buddhist Festivals celebrated in Nepal
In addition to Hindu festivals, Nepal also celebrates several Buddhist festivals due to the significant presence of Buddhism in the country. Buddhism, being one of the major religions in Nepal, has its own set of festivals that are observed by Buddhist communities. Here are some of the prominent Buddhist festivals celebrated in Nepal:
- Buddha Jayanti (Buddha Purnima):
- Mani Rimdu:
- Gunla: Gunla is a month-long festival observed by Newar Buddhists in the Kathmandu Valley. Gunla Festival is a significant religious festival celebrated by Buddhists in Nepal, particularly by the Newar community. Gunla is the tenth month of the Nepal Sambat, the lunar calendar used in Nepal. The festival typically falls between July and August.
- Dakini or Tiji Festival: The Tiji Festival, also known as the Dakini Festival, is celebrated by the Tibetan Buddhist community in Upper Mustang, a remote region of Nepal. The Tiji Festival, also known as the “Tenchi Festival” or “Teeji Festival,” is a vibrant and ancient religious celebration observed by the Tibetan Buddhist community in the Upper Mustang region of Nepal. Tiji is derived from the words “ten” meaning “hope,” and “ji” meaning “prayer” or “peace.”
These are just a few examples of the Buddhist festivals celebrated in Nepal. Each festival carries its own unique traditions, rituals, and cultural significance, reflecting the rich Buddhist heritage and spiritual practices observed by different Buddhist communities in Nepal.