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Nepal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 5 months of 2018, from the Q++ Worldwide Public Holidays Database, the professional source of international public holidays long trusted by the world's foremost diary publishers.

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Nepal Public Holidays in 2018 Observance*
Jan. 15 Mon Maghi Parba / Maghe Sankranti
     18 Thu Sonam Lhosar (Tamang New Year)
     22 Mon Saraswoti Puja Schools
     30 Tue Sahid Diwash (Martyrs' Day)
Feb. 13 Tue Maaha Shivaratri
     16 Fri Gyalpyo/Gyallo Loshar
     19 Mon Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas (Democracy Day)
Mar.  1 Thu Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (55 Hilly Districts) Regional
      2 Fri Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (Terai and Inner Madhesh) Regional
      8 Thu Nari Dibas (International Women's Day)
     17 Sat Ghodejatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
     25 Sun Ram Nawami
Apr. 14 Sat Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)
     30 Mon Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
May   1 Tue International Workers Day (Majdoor Divas)
     29 Tue Ganatantra Diwas / Republic Day
June    Fri Ramjan Edul Fikra (End of Ramadan)
Aug.    Wed Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed (Feast of Sacrifice)
        Sun Naag Panchami / Janaipurnima / Rakshya Bandhan
        Mon Gai Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Sep.    Mon Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba
        Fri Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants' Day) Government
        Wed Hari Taika (Teej) (only for Female employees) Other
        Fri Rhishi Panchami (only for Female employees) Other
        Mon Gaura Parba (date to be confirmed)
        Wed Constitution Day (National Day)
        Sun Indra Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Oct.    Tue Ghatasthapana
        Tue Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati)
        Wed Dashain Festival (Maha Astami)
        Thu Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
        Fri Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
        Sat Dashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashi)
        Sun Dashain Festival (Dwadashi)
        Tue Kojagrat Purnima
Nov.    Wed Yam Panchak / Tihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Laxmi Pooja)
        Thu Yam Panchak / Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Pooja)
        Fri Yam Panchak / Tihar Festival (Bhai Tika)
        Tue Chhat Parwa
        Fri Guru Nanak Jayanti (only for Sikh employees) Sikh
Dec.    Sat Urdhyauli Parwa / Mangshir Dhanya Purnima
        Tue Christmas Day
        Sun Lhosar (Gurung/Tamu)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

17 Oct 2017 Nepalese Tihar Public Holidays October 19-21 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) A spokesperson for the Ministry of General Administration of the government of Nepal has announced that the government of Nepal had declared Thursday to Saturday, October 19-21, 2017, as a non-working public holidays for the upcoming annual Tihar public holidays of Nepal.  11 Sep 2017 Nepalese Electoral Public Holiday September 18 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The cabinet of the government of Nepal, through government Spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communication Mohan Bahadur Basnet, has announced that Monday, September 18, 2017, had been declared a non-working public holiday In Nepal on the date of the third phase of local polls.  06 Sep 2017 Nepalese Public Holiday September 7 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal, through the Spokesperson of the Ministry of General Administration, Shivaram Neupane, has declared Thursday, September 7, 2017, as a non-working public sector holiday for civil servants in Nepal.  31 Aug 2017 Nepalese 2017 Eid-ul-Adha Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal, through its Ministry of Home Affairs, has finally announced that Sunday, September 3, 2017, had been declared as the date of the upcoming annual non-working public holiday across the country on account of the upcoming Baqar-Eid (Feast of Sacrifice) annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.  23 May 2017 Nepalese Bhoto Jatra Public Holiday May 25 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal has announced that the Machhindranath's chariot having arrived at Jawalakhel, Thursday, May 25, 2017, had been declared as the date of this year's Bhoto Jatra non-working public holiday in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley.  17 Apr 2017 Nepal Cancels April 21 Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Face with widespread criticism of its recent decision to declare Monday and Friday, April 17 and 21, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and return of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her first foreign visit to India, the Government of India has canceled the Friday, April 21, 2017, one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal.  Nepalese Home Ministry has announced that Nepal's government had declared Monday and Friday, April 17 and 21, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and return of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her first foreign visit to India.  16 Apr 2017 Nepalese Public Holidays April 17 and 21 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepalese Home Ministry has announced that Nepal's government had declared Monday and Friday, April 17 and 21, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and return of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her first foreign visit to India.  25 Mar 2017 Nepalese 2017-2018 Public Holidays Gazetted (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) of the government of Nepal has gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2074 (April 2017-April 2018), a list which contains 44 public holidays, in addition to Saturdays.  11 Jan 2017 Nepal To Review Official Public Holidays (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepal's Minister for Information and Communications, Surendra Karki, has announced that, at today's Nepalese Government Cabinet meeting, the Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs had been tasked with the review of the number of public holidays enjoyed by the government employees on various festivals and other special occasions.  24 Dec 2016 Nepalese Public Holiday December 25 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Ramjee Dahal, the press advisor of Nepal's Home Affairs Minister, Bimalendra Nidhi, has announced that the government of Nepal had decided to declare Sunday, December 25, 2016, as a full non-working public holiday in Nepal on account of the annual public holiday for Christmas.  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 unique weekly day off in Nepal is Saturday. Sundays are normal working days in Nepal.  Nepalese Calendar: dates listed in all official government documents are based on the Nepalese B.S. calendar (Bikram Sambat era).  Solar Eclipses: Nepal often enjoys a public holiday during solar eclipses.  Sectorial public holidays: apart from the public holidays listed here, there are sectorial public holidays for Jains (Mahabir Jayanti), Sikhs (Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib), and persons with disabilities (International Disabilities Day). On these dates, members of these communities may be off work, but otherwise these are regular working days.  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.  Civil Servants' Day includes the offices of foreign missions of Nepal and for the staff of the court and constitutional bodies.  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.  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), UnitedHealthcare Global (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.

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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).

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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 2018 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.


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 2018 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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