Nepal Public Holidays 2020


 
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A preview of the Nepal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for 2020, 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 2020 Observance*
Jan.    Wed Maghi Parba / Maghe Sankranti Other
        Sat Sonam Lhosar (Tamang New Year) Other
Feb.    Fri Maaha Shivaratri
        Mon Gyalpyo/Gyallo Loshar Other
Mar.    Sun Nari Dibas (International Women's Day)
        Mon Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (55 Hilly Districts) Regional
        Tue Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (Terai and Inner Madhesh) Regional
        Mon Ghodejatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Apr.    Mon Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)
May     Fri International Workers Day (Majdoor Divas)
        Thu Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
        Mon Ramjan Edul Fikra (End of Ramadan) Other
June    Sun Public Holiday (Solar Eclipse) (tentative)
July    Fri Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed (Feast of Sacrifice) Other
Aug.    Tue Gai Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
        Fri Hari Taika (Teej) (only for Female employees) Other
        Wed Gaura Parba (date to be confirmed) Other
Sep.    Tue Indra Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
        Mon Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants' Day) Government
        Thu Jitiya Parwa (only for Female employees following Jitiya Parwa) Other
        Sat Constitution Day (National Day)
Oct.    Fri Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati)
        Sat Dashain Festival (Maha Astami)
        Sun Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
        Mon Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
        Tue Dashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashi)
Nov.    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)
        Fri Chhat Parwa Other
        Mon Guru Nanak Jayanti (only for Sikh employees) Sikh
Dec.    Fri Christmas Day Other
        Tue Urdhyauli Parwa / Mangshir Dhanya Purnima Other
        Wed Lhosar (Gurung/Tamu) Other
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

17 Sep 2018 Nepalese Third Constitution Day Public Holiday September 19 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepal's government has announced that Wednesday, September 19, 2018, had been declared a non-working public holiday to celebrate the third anniversary of the promulgation of the constitution of a Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal.  21 Aug 2018 Nepalese Mulls August 30-31 Public Holidays (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The government of Nepal has announced that it was considering the declaration of Thursday and Friday, August 30-31, 2018, as non-working public holidays in Nepal on account of the upcoming BIMSTEC Summit.  14 Jun 2018 Nepalese 2018 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, Friday, June 15, 2018, 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.  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".  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 2020 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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