Rato Machhendranath Jatra
Celebrated by locals of Patan, Lalitpur in honor of the rain god Rato Machhendranath, this is Nepal’s longest running chariot festival. The events take place between April and May each year, and includes the construction of a 35-foot chariot, which is pulled through the old city, throughout the entire month of festivities.
This celebration, on the most sacred day of the Buddhist calendar, is the most important festival for Buddhists. It holds special significance because it is the birthday of Buddha, and there is a fair held to commemorate the event at Lumbini, attended by Buddhist from all over the world, where Buddha is said to have been born.
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