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Nepal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the remainder of 2014, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers. The information on this page is provided for private, non-professional, use.

April ⇒ Dec. 2014

Holiday Name Observance*
Mon Chaitay Dashain
Tue Ramnawami
Sun Mahabir Jayanti
Mon Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)
Thu Loktantra Diwas (Democracy Day)
Thu May Day (Majdoor Divas)
Wed Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
Thu Ganatantra Diwas / Republic Day (National Day)
Tue Id-ul-Fitre (End of Ramadan)
Sun Janai Purnima / Rakshya Bandhan
* Mon Gai Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Sun Shree Krishna Janmasthami
* Thu Hari Taika (Teej) (Only for Female Employees) Other
* Sat Rhishi Panchami (Only for Female Employees) Other
Tue Gaura Parba
* Mon Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants' Day) Government
* Mon Indra Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Thu Ghatasthapana
Wed Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati)
Thu Dashain Festival (Maha Astami)
Fri Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
Sat Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
* Sun Dashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashi) Government
* Sun Id-ul Ajah / Bakarid (Feast of Sacrifice) Muslim
* Tue Tihar Festival (day 1: Kaag Pooja) Hindu
* Wed Tihar Festival (day 2: Kukur Pooja) Hindu
Thu Tihar Festival (day 3: Gai Tihar / Laxmi Pooja)
Fri Tihar Festival (day 4: Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Pooja) / Nepal Sambat New Year
Sat Tihar Festival (day 5: Bhai Tika)
Wed Chhat Parwa
* Thu Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib Sikh
* Sat Mangshir Dhanya Purnima/Sakela Udhauli Reg+Rel
Thu Christmas Day
* Tue Lhosar (Gurung/Tamu) Reg+Lin
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Recent News and Updates

13 Apr 2014 Nepalese 2071 BS New Year Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Monday, April 13, 2014, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Nepal, on account of the 2071 B.S. (Bikram Sambat era) New Year public holiday in Nepal.  28 Mar 2014 Nepalese Public Holiday March 30 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Sunday, March 30, 2014, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in the capital, Kathmandu, and the Valley, on account of the annual Ghode Jatra festival of horses.  15 Mar 2014 Nepalese Public Holidays March 16-17 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Sunday, March 16, 2014, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in the capital, Kathmandu, and other parts of the hilly regions, on account of the upcoming annual Holi festival.  02 Mar 2014 Nepalese 2014-2015 Public Holidays Gazetted (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S.2071 (April 2014-April 2015).  17 Feb 2014 Nepalese Democracy Day 2014 Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Tuesday, February 18, 2014, had been declared a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming 64th National Democracy Day (Rastriya Prajatantra Diwas) annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.  30 Jan 2014 Nepalese Tamang Public Holiday Tomorrow (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs has announced that the government of Nepal had once again declared Friday, January 31, 2014, as a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Sonam Lhosar festival marking the beginning of the Tamang New Year.  22 Dec 2013 Nepalese Public Holiday December 25 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Wednesday, December 25, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Christmas Day annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.  16 Dec 2013 Nepalese Public Holiday December 17 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17, 2013, had been declared a non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Udhauli festival and Yomari Punhi annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.  11 Nov 2013 Nepal Extends CA Public Holidays (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that the one-off non-working public holidays on account of the upcoming Constituent Assembly (CA) elections had been extended to 4 days, from November 17 to 20, 2013.  07 Nov 2013 Nepalese Public Holiday November 8 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that tomorrow, Friday, November 8, 2013, had been declared a nationwide non-working public holiday on account of the upcoming Chhath annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.  24 Apr 2013 Nepalese 2013-2014 Public Holidays Gazetted (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has gazetted the list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S.2070 (April 2013-April 2014).  More News Updates For the full version of the summarized news items above, and older news items not displayed above, go to the Nepal public holidays news and updates page, or worldwide public holidays news and updates page, or subscribe to one of our free email newsletters.


Background Information

The weekly day off in Nepal is Saturday; Sunday is a normal working day.  Nepalese Calendar: Note that dates listed in all official government documents are based on the Nepalese B.S. calendar, which is similar, but not exactly the same as, the Hindu lunar calendar.  Tihar: is the Nepalese name corresponding to the Diwali holiday of Northern India, and Deepavali holiday of Southern India.  Nepal, that has the largest number of religious festivals in the world and public holidays, still enjoys a state holiday during eclipses.  Government Holidays: These are often reserved for specific religions or regions. Nepal is now a Secular State as opposed to a Hindu Kingdom which they used to be.  Nepal is predominantly Hindu. (About 80% of its 29 million inhabitants are Hindu. About 10% are Buddhists, about 4% Muslims, and around 3% Kirat, with Christians numbering approximately 1 million.  The Government last revised the list of Nepal's public holidays in mid-March 2007 (see our news story of March 16, 2007).  They added very little that was new; they mosty made official what had generally been the norm for many years. Different religious groups or regions celebrate many of the various holidays.  Hari Taika (Teej), Rishi Panchami and Womens Day are public holidays for women only.  The public holidays of Sahid Diwash (Martyrs' Day) and Prajatantra Diwash (Democracy Day) remain unchanged for the moment.  It may be noted that the government has already scrapped the provision of two days holiday per week that was effective in Kathmandu Valley. They now have only Saturday as a rest day now, just like the rest of the country.  Civil Servants' Day includes the offices of foreign missions of Nepal and for the staff of the court and constitutional bodies.  The Tharu community will get leave on the day of Maghi Parba.  Muslims may get leave on the occasions of: Eid al Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) and Eid al Fitr (End of Ramadan).  Kathmandu Valley, usually just referred to as Valley, celebrates various holidays that the rest of the country doesn't. These include Bhoto Jatra, Gai Jatra, Indra Jatra, and a day earlier for Holi / Falgu Purnima.  Apart from Kathmandu valley, the festival of Gai Jatra is also observed in Banepa, Dhulikhel, Trisuli, Dolakha, Khotang, Bhojpur, Chainpur, Ilam, Dharan, Biratnagar, Birgunj, Hetauda and Pokhara.  Ghatnasthapana marks the beginning of the festival of Badadashain, a great Hindu festival, observed across the country on the date of the Aswin Shukla Pratipada.  Chhat is a regional public holiday corresponding to the third day of the festival of the Mithilanchal. It is celebrated in Terai by going to the rivers and ponds, singing folk and devotional songs and offering prayers to the sun god. The first two days of the festival are called Arba Arbain (or Nahan Khan) and Kharana (meaning the reduction of sin), and are not public holidays.  National Unity Day or Prithivi Jayanti: (January 11) this public holiday which marks the birth anniversary of Late King Prithvi Narayan Shah, often credited for building the modern Nepal state in 1768, was cancelled by the Nepalese government late in 2006.  Nepal International Codes NP and NPL (2 and 3-letter ISO3166 codes) and .np (ICANN national top-level internet domain). Other Sources of Information The following specialized websites are also a good source of Nepal information and news: Central Bank of Nepal (Nepal central bank), ASI Hot Spots (security-related world events: terrorist threats, political strife, strikes, criminal activity, aviation incidents and health outbreaks), CIA World Factbook (Nepal maps, demographics and economic statistics), the IFES (information covering upcoming elections, referenda, electoral structures and voter participation in Nepal), and Wikipedia (includes Nepal commemorative dates that are not necessarily public holidays).


Footnotes
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Observance : Any entry in the Observance column indicates that, in Nepal, the holiday may be regional or non-official or limited to certain religious and/or linguistic groups, or begin at a time other than midnight. Note that religious holidays are included only if they are national public holidays, or if the national labour code has specific holiday allowances for employees of specific religions. For more information, see our pages on the religious calendars of the world. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

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Religious Holidays : Public holidays in Nepal that are based on certain religious calendars may be subject to local variations due to differing interpretations between different religious authorities, or to seemingly arbitrary changes in the date a holiday is celebrated because it conflicts with another holiday that is based on another calendar, or because the day of the holiday is deemed inauspicious (bad luck). To find out more about these uncertainties, see the footnote below, if any, for each specific religion.

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Muslim Holidays : Muslim bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Nepal were evaluated using the Umm al-Qura Calendar of Saudi Arabia which is used in Saudi Arabia and in most of the Persian Gulf States. Holidays may occur a day later in countries outside the Gulf region. The sunrises, sunsets, moon phases, moonrises and moonsets used in these calculations are based on the location of Mecca (latitude 21.42N, longitude, 39.82E, GMT+3 hours, no summer time rules). For more details on Muslim holidays, see Muslim Calendar Holidays. For Salat (prayer times) calculations, see our Freeware page.

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Hindu Calendar Public Holidays : For Nepal, when calculating the date of bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays based on the Hindu Lunar calendar, if the date is expunged (ie. does not occur), then we use the following existing date of the Hindu Lunar calendar. Local practice concerning expunged days may vary regionally as described in many sources, including the 1998 book The Indian Calendric System by G.K. Chatterjee.

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Solar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, equinoxes, solstices, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict solar bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Nepal are based on the geographical location of Kathmandou (latitude 27,7N, longitude 85,3E, GMT+5,5 hours, no summer time rules). Note that many countries in South-East Asia are progressively changing the recurrence rule of some of their lunar/solar holidays to rules based on fixed dates of the Western (Gregorian) calendar. Therefore, while the dates predicted above for 2015 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years. For more details on lunar and solar holidays, see the Lunisolar Footnotes.


Disclaimer
In many parts of the world, holidays are subject to arbitrary, last minute, changes by local authorities. While every effort has been made to present an accurate list of 2014 bank holidays, legal holidays and public holidays for Nepal, we cannot accept any responsibility for any error or omission in the data presented above. You are therefore advised to verify the above dates with the embassy or consulate of Nepal, before planning any trip to Nepal. For last-minute updates to worldwide public holidays, visit our worldwide public holidays news and updates page or subscribe to our free email newsletters.



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