Nepal is a beautiful country of geographical and cultural diversity. Where people exercise an amazing combination of multiculturalism. It is a secular country where people not only respect each other’s religion, they even celebrate and share their cultural values with each other. The majority of people in Nepal are Hindus and Buddhists which is why there are many temples and monasteries across Nepal. However people in this country are very open-minded and friendly, they respect the value of other cultures. Learning a new culture and celebrating it with joy and being a part of the celebration are common in Nepalese people. Hence, there also are many churches. Nepali people also celebrate Christmas as much as other festivals like Dashain and Tihar.
During the period of Christmas and New Year’s eve, most of the tourist areas and shopping malls are decorated with Christmas trees and lights so it looks very beautiful and eye-catching. Youngsters and the new generation mostly have parties wearing red hats. New Year is celebrated with lots of fireworks, the colorful decor of lights, and musical concerts. Christmas Eve and New Year’s eve is one of the favorite celebrations among the youth in Nepal. This is the combination and the fusion of western culture that today’s Nepalese youth accepts with an open heart.
Many of Nepal’s nearly four million Christians will keep up the festivities. During Christmas and New Year the weather in Nepal is quite chilly and the atmosphere is very soothing. People here in Nepal celebrate Christmas and New Year with their friends and family.
Many Nepali Christians will attend a special church and celebrate it with each other. Believers celebrate it by spending joyful time together they exchange presents and decorate their homes with Christmas lights and Christmas trees. The trees will be decked out with ornaments such as bells, stars, reindeer, and miniature representations of wrapped gifts. They celebrate Christmas By having a portion of delicious food, singing a song, decorating their church, and praying together. Most of the people in Nepal are not Christian however they are also happy and interested to get involved in Christmas celebrations by having a party, gathering with friends, and wishing each other.
The celebrations are mostly in Kathmandu and Pokhara, where the streets are well-lit with Christmas decor. Locals celebrate the festival at home along with family and friends. At the same time, the tourists who stay at guest houses are offered the hosts’ hospitality to make them feel at home, and this culture has only been growing with increasing tourism.
Things to do on Christmas and New Year’s Eve in Nepal?
1. Clubs & Restaurants in Kathmandu
You can visit Thamel the most popular tourist place which is located in the downtown area of Kathmandu. There you can find concerts and events going on, and the streets will be decorated with colorful lights. And restaurants will not miss the chance to serve Christmas food to hungry tourists.
2. Explore Lakeside, Pokhara
Pokhara is also a major tourist city where Christmas is celebrated with lots of excitement. There you can have lots of fun during the Yuletide. Boating on Phewa Lake, bungee jumping, paragliding, and trekking are the fun activities that are the attraction of this city
3. Hike to Annapurna Base Camp
If you are interested in trekking then the Christmas season is perfect for you. You can trek the Annapurna Base Camp, one of the main trekking centers of Nepal. The treks that start there take you past numerous towering mountain ranges, through.
4. Everest Base Camp Trekking
Everest Base Camp is another lifetime adventure that you can have. During two week trek of EBC, you will have an experience of breathtaking lookout points near Mount Everest and the famed Tengboche Monastery at the base of the mountain.
5.Chitwan National Park
You can also visit the biggest Nature Park the Chitwan National Park. Where you can see Bengal tigers, one-horned rhinoceroses, and other endangered species under protection here. Wildlife safari, boat down the Rapti river, and visiting the traditional villages of the local Tharu people are other attractions of this place.