The Himalayas boast a vast diversity of festivals. It is even sometimes said, there are more festivals than days in a year! At whatever time you come, you have good chances of witnessing and participating in at least one of them. Main festive season, however, is in autumn. Hindu, Buddhist and secular festivals: Whatever their origin, they all are colourful and certainly a very different experience from festivals in Britain.
One of the most popular festivals for travellers is Holi (sometimes also called Fagu), the colour festival, which is celebrated in spring in India and Nepal. Old and young are out on the streets, throwing coloured powder at each other and eating brightly coloured sweets, great fun is guaranteed.
In October/November Dashain and Tihar are celebrated in Nepal – two of the most important festivals of the year. Dashain is the most important and auspicious Hindu festival. Tihar is the festival of lights, all houses are lit up brightly with oil lamps and decorative lights.
In Bhutan, the Thimphu, Paro and Bumthang Tsechus in spring and autumn are the most popular festivals for travellers. You can witness the spectacular, fairy-tale like festivals at monasteries and in villages.
There are many more festivals in Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet – for any reason you could think of: For example, did you know that Tibet celebrates a Yoghurt festival?
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