Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs

Christmas is a famous celebration celebrated everywhere in the World on 25th December which is seen as the birthday of Jesus Christ.

Christmas Date In Nepal falls on the 10th of Poush 2078 B.S. On this day, people decorate a pine tree called a Christmas tree with candles, beautiful paper, balloons, and flowers.

At the time of Christmas in Nepal, the presents and cards given by companions and family members are kept under this tree. They open them later to realize who claims the most and best of them.

During the day, people go to church and pray together. They pay for exceptional caps and new clothes.

26th December is known as ‘Boxing Day. Rio people give boxes of blessings or cash, food, and clothes to poor people. They visit their companions and family members at the event and have loads of fun until the first of January.

How Nepalese Celebrates Christmas In Nepal?

Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs

Christmas in Nepal is celebrated in Nepali ways. People celebrate by visiting the church, giving feasts, and exchanging gifts. For a few years, people have also been feeding homeless people on the occasion of Christmas.

In Nepal Christmas falls on December 25th. Every year people attend music shows, concerts, and Christmas programs. Attending and hosting parties are also done during this festival. The festival was observed by Christian and even non-Christian populations throughout the country are displayed.

Unlike other festivals in Nepal, you can eat non-vegetarian food at Christmas. Mostly roasted chicken, vegetable salad, and other Nepali foods along with turkey, pumpkin pies, and Christmas puddings are made in a feast during this festival. Many restaurants offer discounts during this time of the year.

Christmas dinner in Kathmandu is the best option to enjoy most of this occasion in Nepal.

Christmas in Nepal is celebrated mostly in tourist centers to please Nepal-visiting tourists and make them feel they are at the home. Besides that, they are celebrated in Christian Nepali people’s houses and churches.

Especially youngsters and youths regardless of their religion are known to organize and attend parties and other festive events to celebrate the festival.

Thamel and Pokhara are very famous for night-long dance parties for Christmas and New Year celebrations. Christmas in Kathmandu is the hotspot during this occasion.

What Can I Do At Christmas In Nepal?

Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs

Even though many people still don’t celebrate Christmas here in Nepal there are still many places where you can find a ton of enjoyment and drinks to celebrate your holiday.

Just go to the nearby Shopping malls to buy yourself Nepalese tailor-made gifts to give it to your friends and families back home.

Or, you can just take a stroll around the busy city areas where you shall surely see a lot of buildings sparkling with incredible lights and Christmas designs just to make travelers feel at home.

Firstly it’s going to be a heck of an adventure traveling to Nepal for celebrating Christmas.

It shall remain an amazing memory in your mind as you celebrate your Christmas in a country mostly consisting of Hindu and Buddhist people who generally don’t celebrate Christmas like the other counterparts of western and European nations. 

Places To Visit During Christmas Celebration In Nepal

Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs

Nepal is ideal for celebrating Christmas and New Year trips with the economic budget for all national trekkers.

A Christmas trip to Nepal can be the best option to celebrate including the new year. Christmas is particularly noticed in places like Durbar Marg, Thamel, Basantapur, Boudhanath, and Jawalakhel of Kathmandu valley.

In the same way, other than Kathmandu valley major tourist destinations such as Biratnagar, Kaski, Chitwan, Dharan, Pokhara, and Nepalgunj are popular for Christmas festivities.

A local vendor arranges decorations for Christmas at a mall in Kathmandu.

Traditional Foods Made During Christmas

Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs

On the nights the Christian homes have exceptional Christmas meals. The dining experience contains broiled chicken, a vegetable plate of mixed greens, and other Nepali foods alongside turkey, pumpkin pies, and Christmas desserts. The foods and festivities rely on the status of the people, people, all praise the introduction of the Lord Jesus with energy and excitement. 

Christmas And New Year’s Weather In Nepal

Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs 

Christmas and New Year fall under the winter season which is off trekking season in Nepal. Trekking to the higher elevation above 4,000m in winter is challenging and risky due to the low level of oxygen and Acute Mountain Sickness. Therefore, the experts recommend Poon Hill Sunrise Trek as the perfect trek to enjoy Christmas and New Year with family and friends. It’s winter in Nepal so this is about as close to the real traditional thing as you can get. There’s no snow on the ground aside from in the mountains. But throughout the country, it’s cold enough for scarves, jackets, red noses, and winter fires to keep warm.

Quick Christmas Tree facts

Christmas In Nepal | Nepalese celebrations And Customs
  • There are several theories and legends as to how the evergreen fir tree went on to become a symbol of Christianity. That became a symbol of Christ — being triangular in shape it represents the trinity — and from there came the idea that the tree should be a symbol of Christ and new life.
  • Besides evergreens, other types of trees such as cherry and hawthorns were used as Christmas trees in the past.
  • The use of evergreen trees to celebrate the winter season occurred before the birth of Christ.
  • Many Christians say something similar. Yes, the Christmas tree has some connection with their religion, but they don’t really see it primarily as a religious symbol. The thing about Christmas trees is, if you look at their long history, there’s a great deal of religious significance attached to them.
  • Long before the advent of Christmas and even before the birth of Christ ancient civilizations embraced evergreen boughs, wreaths, and garlands as symbols of eternal life amid the darkest days of the winter solstice. From these pagan roots sprouted the modern Christmas tree.


Nepal doesn’t really celebrate either of these festivals in a big way to take advantage of this while it lasts.

Enjoy Christmas for what it was meant to be.

Take a time-out.

Visit a church.

Talk to your family or friends on Skype.

Relax and enjoy the peace Nepal can bring you over Christmas.

Frequently asked questions :

Q.1) When is Christmas celebrated in Nepal?

Christmas in Nepal is celebrated by many Christians on December 25.

Q.2) Do all Nepalese celebrate Christmas?

Christmas is celebrated more amongst the Christian communities in Nepal. However, other communities also participate in parties and non-religious celebrations during the holiday with Christians. In other words, the people of Nepal celebrate Christmas as a national festival as they celebrate other festivals.

Q.3) What is the specialty of Christmas in Nepal?

There is an official holiday in Nepal on Christmas day. Christmas is celebrated on the 25th of December every year. Christmas is celebrated more amongst the Christian communities in Nepal. However, other communities also participate in parties and non-religious celebrations during holidays with Christians.

Q.4) Which tree is the Christmas tree?

Christmas tree, an evergreen tree, often a pine or a fir, decorated with lights and ornaments as a part of Christmas festivities.

Q.5) What are the other festivals in Nepal?

  • Dashain and Tihar
  • Buddha Jayanti
  • Gai Jatra
  • Janai Purnima
  • Teej
  • Shree Krishna Janmashtami
  • Fagun Purnima
  • Maghe Sankranti

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