Nepal Bank Holidays 2019


 
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Nepal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the first 4 months of 2019, 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 Bank Holidays in 2019 Observance*
Jan. 15 Tue Maghi Parba / Maghe Sankranti Other
Feb.  5 Tue Sonam Lhosar (Tamang New Year) Other
Mar.  4 Mon Maaha Shivaratri
      7 Thu Gyalpyo/Gyallo Loshar Other
      8 Fri Nari Dibas (International Women's Day)
     20 Wed Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (55 Hilly Districts) Regional
     21 Thu Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (Terai and Inner Madhesh) Regional
Apr.  5 Fri Ghodejatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
     14 Sun Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)
May     Wed International Workers Day (Majdoor Divas)
        Sat Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
June    Wed Ramjan Edul Fikra (End of Ramadan) Other
Aug.    Mon Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed (Feast of Sacrifice) Other
        Fri Gai Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Sep.    Mon Hari Taika (Teej) (only for Female employees) Other
        Fri Gaura Parba (date to be confirmed) Other
        Sun Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants' Day) Government
        Thu Indra Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
        Thu Constitution Day (National Day)
        Sun Jitiya Parwa (only for Female employees following Jitiya Parwa) Other
Oct.    Sat Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati)
        Sun Dashain Festival (Maha Astami)
        Mon Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
        Tue Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
        Wed Dashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashi)
        Sun Yam Panchak / Tihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Laxmi Pooja)
        Mon Yam Panchak / Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Pooja)
        Tue Yam Panchak / Tihar Festival (Bhai Tika)
Nov.    Sat Chhat Parwa Other
        Sun Birth of Muhammad (tentative) Other
        Tue Guru Nanak Jayanti (only for Sikh employees) Sikh
Dec.    Thu Urdhyauli Parwa / Mangshir Dhanya Purnima Other
        Wed Christmas Day Other
        Thu Public Holiday (Solar Eclipse) (tentative)
        Mon Lhosar (Gurung/Tamu) Other
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

11 May 2018 Nepalese Bhoto Jatra Public Holiday May 13 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal has announced that Sunday, May 13, 2018, had been declared as the date of this year's Bhoto Jatra of Rato Machhindranath non-working public holiday in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley.  04 May 2018 Nepalese Public Holiday May 11 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The provincial government of Nepal's Province No. 2 has announced that Friday, May 11, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday in Nepal's Province No. 2, when Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, visits Janakpur and the Janaki Temple.  29 Apr 2018 Nepalese Public Holiday April 30 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that Monday, April 30, 2018, had been declared as a non-working public holiday throughout Nepal on account of the upcoming annual Buddha Jayanti non-working public holiday in Nepal (Lord Buddha's 2562nd birth anniversary).  31 Mar 2018 Nepalese 2018-2019 Public Holidays Gazetted (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Nepalese Minister of State for Information and Communications, Gokul Baskota, has announced that the government of Nepal had gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2075 (April 2018-April 2019), reducing the number of public holidays, including Saturdays, from 104 to 89.  12 Jan 2018 Nepal Could Cancel January 18 Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The District Executive Committee Chairman of the Lamjung Tamang Ghedung Association, Ajay Tamang, has asked the Government of Nepal to cancel the upcoming, January 18, 2018, non-working public holiday of Nepal for the Sonam Lhosar Tamang New Year, as that date had been listed erroneously in the official Nepali Calendar.  08 Jan 2018 Nepalese Prithvi Public Holiday January 11 (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, January 11, 2018, as a non-working public holidays on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the unifier of modern Nepal, Prithvi Narayan Shah.  30 Nov 2017 Nepal Declares Prophet's Birthday Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal, through its Ministry of Home Affairs, has announced that Friday, December 1, 2017, had been declared as the date of a new (annual?) non-working public holiday across the country "to mark the birth of Muhammad Mustafa Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam".  26 Oct 2017 Nepal Extends 2017 Chhath Public Holidays (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Earlier today, the Home Ministry of the government of Nepal announced that the government of Nepal had declared Friday, October 27, 2017, as a second day of non-working public holidays for this year's Chhath festival public holiday of Nepal.  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.  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 2019 and beyond are currently technically correct, the rules of these holidays may change in the next few years.

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Lunisolar Holidays : The calculation of moon phases, moonrises, moonsets, sunrises, and sunsets used to predict lunar 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 2019 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 2019 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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