Nepali New Year

Ideally, New Year celebrates on the occasion of the post time of the current year and welcomes the next Year. Bikram Sambat or Bikram Era is used by the Nepalese Government as the official calendar. Bikram Sambat was established by the legendary Emperor Vikramaditya and is 57 years (56 years 7 months) ahead of the BCE (Before Christ Era/Before Common Era) solar Gregorian calendar.  Who was born in Ujain (the ancient name of Tokha, Kathmandu) according to the "Nepal Birth Place of Kalidas Book" by Pandit Muralidhar Bhattrai (who was the Guru of Greatest Scholar Rahul Sankrityayan). Still, there is remains evident that Emperor Vikramaditya. Later on, the offspring of Vikramaditya migrated to Madhya Pradesh of current India and were given their ancestor's birthplace name. Likewise, other significant places are named also; Pashupatinath, Bagmati River, Dakshinakali, etc. The huge temple of Vikramaditya at Shankhu from ancient times and Vedik declared that Vikramaditya was born in Nepal. The New Year is called “Nava Barsa or Naya Barsa” in the Nepali language, during this day the Government of Nepal gives a public holiday to celebrate the New Year. All the government offices will remain closed on Nepali New Year's Day. It falls on the second week of April when nature is getting to start greenery for new life sessions (spring season).  If you watch this video, you will have more sources about it. 

People celebrate Nepali New Year in various ways; they get together with friends, family, and relatives to participate in some event, game, or picnic for the fun and commitment to do good things acknowledged from last year's experience to lead the whole year in the right way. By which a person, family, society, and whole nation will follow the right path. Meanwhile, they exchange New Year greetings and wishes (NAYA BARSAKO SUBHAKAMANA) with each other through Nepali New Year Greeting Cards, gifts, or oral. The clubs and organizations are organizing tournaments (football, Volleyball, cricket, etc...) or events (singing, and dancing competitions to conserve traditional culture and rituals) with a huge amount of prizes to make the special events all over the country. Even hotels, restaurants, and clubs organize New Year's Eve events and parties with a special offer for party lovers.

The New Generation is celebrating Nepali New Year in different ways, they love to do some adventure activities like Bungee Jump, Mountain flights, Hot Air Blooming, Jungle Safari tours, and White River Rafting with a bunch of friends and family. Even some people do multiday hiking to see the colorful Rhododendron forests, especially people who live in the city are enthusiastic to see the top of the world “Mt. Everest 8,848.86m” and other mountains on the first day of New Year.  So, they love to do Mount Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang National Park Hike, and Poon Hill 2 Days Trek in Annapurna. 

If you are looking for Nepal Trip then, this is the right time to hike in the Himalayas with the best offer on the occasion of the Nepali New Year

Likewise, different rituals are conducted in specific parts of the country; especially Bisket Jatra, Sindoor Jatra, and Bode Jatra celebrated in Bhaktapur as annual carnivals. As the Nepali calendar (PATRO) is based on the Lunar (Cycle of the Moon) Calendar System, the date, month, days, and horoscope are different from the solar calendar. So the first month of the Year is called Baishakh, which falls from mid-April to May mid, and the last month of Nepali month is called Chaitra which starts in mid-March and ends mid-April. Here, we are writing down the names of the 12 months of the Nepali Year and Nepali Date according to Nepali Patro.

  1. Baishakh   -(30/31 days)  Mid-April to Mid-May
  2. Jestha       -(31/32  Days) Mid-May to Mid-June
  3. Ashad        -(31/32 Days) Mid-June to Mid-July
  4. Shravan    -(31/32 Days) Mid-July to Mid-August
  5. Bhadra      -(31/32 Days) Mid-August to Mid-September
  6. Ashwin      -(30/31  Days) Mid-September to Mid-October
  7. Kartik         -(29/30 Days) Mid-October to Mid-November
  8. Mangsir     -(29/30 Days) Mid-November To Mid-December
  9. Pausha      -(29/30 Days) Mid-December to Mid-January
  10. Magh          -(29/30 Days)Mid-January To Mid-February
  11. Phalgun     -(29/30 Days) Mid-February to Mid-March
  12. Chaitra      -(30/31 Days)   Mid-March to Mid-April

This is Nepali New Year 2081 which is going to begin on the 13th- of April  2024 as New Year's Day. As people of Nepali are following various cultures and traditions, we are celebrating in different ways. If you are curious about Nepali New Year, you are welcome to join us to celebrate.