Nepal, officially known as the Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked sovereign state located in South Asia. It is located in the Himalayas and bordered to the north by the People’s Republic of China, and to the south, east, and west by the Republic of India. Specifically, the Indian states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, and Sikkim border Nepal, while across the Himalayas lies the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Kathmandu is the nation’s capital and largest city of Nepal. Other important cities of Nepal include – Pokhara, Lalitpur, Biratnagar, Bharatpur, Birganj, Butwal, Dharan, Bhim Datta, etc.
Hinduism is practiced by about 81% of Nepalis, making it the country with the highest percentage of Hindu followers.
Diwali Celebrations in Nepal :
In Nepal Diwali is known as Tihar (Nepali: तिहार) or Deepawali and it is a five-day-long Hindu and Buddhist festival. It is a national holiday in Nepal.
The name Tihar means the festival of lights, where many candles are lit both inside and outside the houses to make it bright at night.
The five-day festival is considered to be of great importance as it shows reverence to not just the humans and the Gods, but also to the animals like crow, cow and dog, who maintain an intense relationship with the humans.
The five days of Tihar Festival are –
Day 1 : Kag Tihar
Day 2 : Kukur Tihar
Day 3 : Gai Tihar and Laxmi Puja
Day 4 : Gobardhan Puja and Mha Puja
Day 5 : Bhai Tika
Note : To known about about each day of Tihar Festival Click on the Links above.
Diwali Wishes in Nepali Language :
Subha Dipawali ko mangalmaya subha kaamanaa (शुभ दिपावलीको मंगलमय शुभ-कामना)
Tihar Wishes in Nepali Language :
Subha Tihar ko mangalmaya subha kaamanaa (शुभ तिहारको मंगलमय शुभ-कामना)