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Nepal bank holidays, national holidays and public holidays for the second half of 2017, 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 2017 Observance*
Jan.    Sat Maghi Parba / Maghe Sankranti
        Sat Sonam Lhosar (Tamang New Year)
        Sun Sahid Diwash (Martyrs' Day)
Feb.    Sat Rastraya Prajatantra Dibas (Democracy Day)
        Fri Maaha Shivaratri
        Mon Gyalpyo/Gyallo Loshar
Mar.    Wed Nari Dibas (International Women's Day)
        Sun Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (55 Hilly Districts) Regional
        Mon Holi / Phagu Purnima / Basanta Utsav (Terai and Inner Madhesh) Regional
        Mon Ghodejatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
Apr.    Wed Ram Nawami
        Fri Nepali New Year (Bisket Jatra)
        Mon Public Holiday (Nepalese President's Visit to India)
May     Mon International Workers Day (Majdoor Divas)
        Wed Buddha Jayanti (Bhudda Day)
        Thu Bhoto Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
        Mon Ganatantra Diwas / Republic Day
June    Mon Ramjan Edul Fikra (End of Ramadan)
July 28 Fri Naag Panchami / Janaipurnima / Rakshya Bandhan (may be moved to August 7)
Aug.  8 Tue Gai Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
     14 Mon Shree Krishna Janmasthami / Gaura Parba
     24 Thu Hari Taika (Teej) (only for Female employees) Other
     26 Sat Rhishi Panchami (only for Female employees) Other
     29 Tue Gaura Parba
Sep.  3 Sun Edul Aajaha / Bakar Eed (Feast of Sacrifice)
      5 Tue Indra Jatra (Kathmandu Valley) Regional
      7 Thu Nijamati Sewa Divas (Civil Servants' Day) Government
     18 Mon Public Holiday (Terai) (third phase of local level elections) Regional
     19 Tue Constitution Day (National Day)
     21 Thu Ghatasthapana
     27 Wed Dashain Festival (Phulpati/Fulpaati)
     28 Thu Dashain Festival (Maha Astami)
     29 Fri Dashain Festival (Maha Nawami)
     30 Sat Dashain Festival (Vijaya Dashami)
Oct.  1 Sun Dashain Festival (Pampakusha Ekadashi)
      2 Mon Dashain Festival (Dwadashi)
      5 Thu Kojagrat Purnima
     19 Thu Tihar Festival (Gai Tihar / Laxmi Pooja)
     20 Fri Tihar Festival (Goru Tihar / Gobardhan Pooja)
     21 Sat Tihar Festival (Bhai Tika)
     26 Thu Chhat Parwa
Nov.  4 Sat Guru Nanak Jayanti (only for Sikh employees) Sikh
     11 Sat Phalgunanda Jayanti (only for Kiranti employees) Othr+Gov
Dec.  3 Sun Urdhyauli Parwa / Mangshir Dhanya Purnima
     25 Mon Christmas Day Christian
     30 Sat Lhosar (Gurung/Tamu)
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Recent News and Updates (public news feed delayed by 30 days)

23 May 2017 Nepalese Bhoto Jatra Public Holiday May 25 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal has announced that the Machhindranath's chariot having arrived at Jawalakhel, Thursday, May 25, 2017, had been declared as the date of this year's Bhoto Jatra non-working public holiday in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley.  17 Apr 2017 Nepal Cancels April 21 Public Holiday (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Face with widespread criticism of its recent decision to declare Monday and Friday, April 17 and 21, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and return of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her first foreign visit to India, the Government of India has canceled the Friday, April 21, 2017, one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal.  Nepalese Home Ministry has announced that Nepal's government had declared Monday and Friday, April 17 and 21, 2017, as a one-off non-working public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and return of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her first foreign visit to India.  16 Apr 2017 Nepalese Public Holidays April 17 and 21 (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) Nepalese Home Ministry has announced that Nepal's government had declared Monday and Friday, April 17 and 21, 2017, as one-off non-working public holidays in Nepal to mark the departure and return of Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her first foreign visit to India.  25 Mar 2017 Nepalese 2017-2018 Public Holidays Gazetted (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) of the government of Nepal has gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2074 (April 2017-April 2018), a list which contains 44 public holidays, in addition to Saturdays.  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.  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.  02 Apr 2016 Nepalese 2016-2017 Public Holidays Gazetted (Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs-Kathmandu) The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) of the government of Nepal has gazetted its annual list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S. 2073 (April 2016-April 2017), a list which contains 52 public holidays, in addition to Saturdays.  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. Aft=Afternoon, Arm=Armenian, Bah=Bahai, Bnk=Banks and most financial institutions, Bud=Buddhist, Cat=Catholic, Chr=Christian, Cop=Coptic, Eve=Evening, Gov=Government services and civil servants, Hin=Hindu, Jew=Jewish, Lin=Linguistic or ethnic groups, Mor=Morning, Mun=Municipal, Mus=Muslim, Orth=Orthodox, Othr=Miscellaneous partial observances (usually described in the Additional Information section of this page), Prt=Protestant, Reg=Regional, Rel=Other Religion, Sch=Schools and universities, Sik=Sikh.

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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 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 2017 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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