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Ghyalpo Losar
Nepal

Ghyalpo Losar 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Nepal

Ghyalpo Losar, or “Tibetan New Year,” begins near the end of the year on the Tibetan Calendar and continues for some two weeks. But the first three days of this prolonged celebration are most important. The holiday is not only celebrated in Tibet but also among the people in neighbouring Nepal.

YearDateDayHoliday
202113 MarSatGhyalpo Losar
20223 MarThuGhyalpo Losar
202321 FebTueGhyalpo Losar
202410 FebSatGhyalpo Losar
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

On the first day of celebrations, much “chhaang,” a Tibetan beer, is consumed. Day two is Ghyalpo Losar proper and is the main event. Day three is a day of parties and feasting.

During this time, there will be traditional dance performances at monasteries across Nepal, the dances symbolising various myths and legends. One dance is the battle between a deer and a king, another between a demon and a “god.”

Just before New Year’s Day, everyone cleans out their houses, including the chimney. Festive foods are prepared as well. Soups with meat, vegetables, rice, and noodles are especially important. Dumplings in the soup may hide unusual items, which are used to describe the one who finds them. A piece of wood in your dumpling, for example, means you have a wooden heart.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
202024 FebMonGhyalpo Losar
20197 MarThuGhyalpo Losar
201816 FebFriGhyalpo Losar
201727 FebMonGhyalpo Losar