Site Map

Contact

Search

Home

Nepal Public Holidays 2021

Home
Q++ Studio

World Holidays

Downloads
References

About Us
Subscribe
Site Map
Contact
Search

News
Blog

FAQ

Bank and Public Holidays for Nepal

Related and neighboring countries: Asia Bhutan China India

A preview of the Nepal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2021, 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. To access our full database of worldwide public holidays and bank holidays, under license, for the full years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and beyond, please contact us.

Nepal Public Holidays in 2021 Observance*
Jan.    Thu Maghi Parba / Maghe Sankranti
        Fri Sahid Diwash (Martyrs' Day)
Feb.    Fri Sonam Lhosar (Tamang New Year)
        Thu Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas (Democracy Day)
Mar.    Mon Nari Dibas (International Women's Day)
        Thu Maaha Shivaratri
        Sat Gyalpyo/Gyallo Loshar
        Sun Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (55 Hilly Districts) Regional
        Mon Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (Terai and Inner Madhesh) Regional
Apr.    Sun Ghodejatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
        Tue Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)
        Wed Ram Nawami
May     Sat International Workers Day (Majdoor Divas)
        Fri Ramjan Edul Fikra (End of Ramadan)
        Wed Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
        Fri Ganatantra Diwas / Republic Day
July    Wed Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed (Feast of Sacrifice)
Aug.    Sun Janai Purnima / Rakshya Bandhan
        Mon Gai Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
        Mon Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba
Sep.    Tue Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants' Day) Government
        Thu Hari Taika (Teej) (only for Female employees) Other
        Sat Rhishi Panchami (only for Female employees) Other
        Sun Constitution Day (National Day)
        Mon Indra Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Oct.    Thu 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.    Thu Tihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Laxmi Pooja)
        Fri Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Pooja)
        Sat Tihar Festival (Bhai Tika)
        Wed Chhat Parwa
        Thu Guru Nanak Jayanti (only for Sikh employees) Sikh
Dec.    Sat Urdhyauli Parwa / Mangshir Dhanya Purnima
        Sat Christmas Day
        Thu Lhosar (Gurung/Tamu)
2021 public holidays will be visible to the general public in early 2021. To immediately access our full database of worldwide public holidays and bank holidays, under license, for the years 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and beyond, please contact us.

  1989-2017 Alter Ego Services

Recent News and Updates

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.  09 Nov 2016 Nepalese Public Holiday November 10 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The spokesperson of Nepal's Home Ministry, Balkrishna Panthi, has announced that the government of Nepal had decided to declare Thursday, November 10, 2016, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal on account of the annual Nepalese holiday of Phalgunanda Jayanti.  27 Oct 2016 Nepalese Public Holiday November 2 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepalese government spokesperson and Minister for Information and Communications, Surendra Kumar Karki, has announced that the government of Nepal had decided, at this morning's meeting, to declare Wednesday, November 2, 2016, as a one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal to mark the arrival in Nepal of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, in Nepal for a three-day state visit.  18 Sep 2016 Nepalese Public Holiday September 19 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepal's government has announced that Monday, September 19, 2016, had been declared a non-working public holiday to celebrate the first anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution of a Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.  12 Sep 2016 Nepalese Public Holiday September 15 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Thursday, September 15, 2016, had once again been declared a non-working public holiday in Nepal's three districts of the Kathmandu Valley, Dhulikhel and Dolakha, on account of the upcoming Indra Jatra annual non-working public holiday of Nepal.  10 Sep 2016 Nepalese 2016 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 Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 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.  21 Aug 2016 Nepal Mulls Gaijatra Public Holiday Extension (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepalese lawmakers, speaking at the Legislature-Parliament, have demanded that the current regional Gaijatra non-working public holiday of Nepal, currently only observed in the Kathmandu Valley, be declared as a nationwide non-working public holiday in Nepal, starting in 2017.  28 Jul 2016 Nepalese Bhoto Jatra Public Holiday July 29 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal, via its spokesperson, Yadav Prasad Koiralaha, has announced that the Machhindranath's chariot had arrived at Jawalakhel, earlier this week and therefore had declared Friday, July 29, 2016, as the date of this year's Bhoto Jatra non-working public holiday in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley.  06 Jul 2016 Nepalese 2016 Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepal Ministry of Home Affairs has finally announced that, as per a notice published in the Nepal gazette, Thursday, July 7, 2016, had been declared as the annual non-working public holiday in Nepal on account of the upcoming annual Eid-ul-Fitr (End of Ramadan) non-working public holiday in Nepal.  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
*

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.

**

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.

(2)

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).

(4)

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.

(7)

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 2021 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.



Animated flag graphics courtesy of 3DFlags.com.