In our previous blog post, we gave you some information about best time to visit Nepal as well as best time to do trekking in Nepal. Through this blog post, we want to give you some idea about best time to go for volunteering abroad in Nepal or intern abroad in Nepal. Well Nepal is a country where you can travel any time throughout the year. If you want to go to Nepal to volunteer especially then you can do it anytime but just remember few basic things regarding the festival dates when certain volunteer placements might be closed. Schools remain closed during the festivals and sometime during the winter. Below we are highlighting some important festival dates and month.
The Nepalese New year falls each year somewhere between April 12th and April 14th. The birthday of Lord Buddha also known as Buddha Jayanti in Nepal falls in the month of May. The schools in Nepal have their new session being started somewhere in April. So the children start to go to the new classes from this month. If anybody is going to volunteer overseas in Nepal in a school or becoming a teaching volunteer then consider starting from late April. If you are going to volunteer overseas in Nepal in an orphanage then do ask your volunteer agency about the timings you will be working in the orphanage because the kids of some orphanages go to the school during the day so you might not have much to do at the orphanage at that time.
The ancient festival of Indra Jatra in Kathmandu falls in the month of September. If you reach Kathmandu Durbar Square then you would be able to see the Living goddess known as ‘Kumari’ on this day out in public on a chariot. The greatest festival of the Hindus of Nepal, Dashain falls on the month of October. The other great festival Deepawali or Tihar falls between late October and Mid November. December 25th, the Christmas day is also celebrated in Nepal. The festival of Maha Shivaratri falls between Mid February and Mid March. This is the day when Lord Shiva is worshipped and if you are at the famous Hindu pilgrimage, Pashupatinath in Kathmandu then you would see lots of Sadhus smoking Marijuana and Hashish on this day. The colorful festival, Holi falls on the month of March.
Saturdays are public holidays in Nepal whereas Sundays are normal working days. The following are the festival dates for the year 2012/2013 in Nepal. On these dates, there will be public holidays observed. The Nepali year starts from and ends at Mid April of the English year.
According to the Nepali calendar year 2069 and starting from April 2012.
- April 13th – Nepali New Year
- May 1st – May Day
- May 6th – Birthday of Lord Buddha
- May 28th – Republic day of Nepal
- August 2nd – Janai Purnima and Raksha Bandhan
- August 3rd – Gai Jatra (holiday observed in Kathmandu valley only)
- August 9th – Birthday of Lord Krishna
- September 18th – Teej (women’s festival)
- September 29th – Indra Jatra (holiday observed in Kathmandu valley only)
- October 16th – October 29th is the Dashain festival
- November 13th – November 15th is the Deepawali or Tihar festival
- November 19th – Chhath festival (celebrated especially in Terai region of Nepal)
- December 25th – Christmas Day
- December 28th – Udhauli Parva
- December 30th – Tamu Lhosar
- January 14th – Maghi Parva
- January 29th – Martyrs Day
- February 11th – Sonam Lhosar
- February 18th – Democracy Day
- March 8th – Women’s Day
- March 10th – Maha Shivaratri
- March 12th – Gyalpo Lhosar
- March 26th – Holi (Holi is observed on the 27th in Terai region of Nepal)
We cannot tell you this or that would be the best time to volunteer in Nepal so by looking at the festival dates, trekking season in Nepal and the suitable time when you have some time or holidays like summer vacation etc, you can travel and volunteer abroad in Nepal.