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Indra Jatra
Nepal

Indra Jatra 2021, 2022 and 2023 in Nepal

Indra Jatra is an important annual festival in Nepal, particularly in the capital city of Kathmandu. “Indra” is the name of the Hindu god of rain of heaven, while “Jatra” means “procession”. Thus, Indra Jatra is a procession held in honour of the Hindu god Indra.

YearDateDayHoliday
202122 AugSunIndra Jatra *
20229 SepFriIndra Jatra *
202328 SepThuIndra Jatra *
202417 SepTueIndra Jatra *
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

Note: Indra Jatra is observed in Kathmandu valley only.

Many thank Indra for the rain on Indra Jatra, especially farmers and those whose livelihood depends on receiving sufficient rainfall. Others, however, focus instead on the Shiva manifestation called “Bahirab” who is supposed to be the destroyer of all evil, on Indra Jatra.

The parade in Kathmandu consists largely of colourful and ornate chariots, while ceremonial poles and a giant festive mask that spouts out local Nepali liquors are also key to the celebrations. Many Nepali families will also put idols of Indra or of Bahirab on display this time of year.

The festival of Indra Jatra lasts for eight or sometimes nine days, and being based on the Hindu Calendar, its date varies on the Gregorian Calendar.

Previous Years

YearDateDayHoliday
20201 SepTueIndra Jatra *
201913 SepFriIndra Jatra *
201824 SepMonIndra Jatra *
20175 SepTueIndra Jatra *