Swayambhunath, also known as the Monkey Temple, is a Buddhist stupa located in Kathmandu, Nepal. It is a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus alike and is known for its stunning views of the city and the surrounding valley.
There are several festivals celebrated at Swayambhunath throughout the year. One of the most important is Buddha Jayanti, which marks the birth, enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. This festival usually falls in April or May and is celebrated with prayer services, offerings of flowers and incense, and the lighting of butter lamps.
Another significant festival at Swayambhunath is the festival of Indra Jatra, which takes place in September. This festival is dedicated to the Hindu god Indra and includes colorful processions, masked dances, and the display of the living goddess Kumari.
Other festivals celebrated at Swayambhunath include the Tibetan New Year (Losar), the Festival of Lights (Diwali), and the Nepali New Year (Nepal Sambat). All of these festivals are marked by a joyful atmosphere, colorful decorations, and a sense of community and spiritual renewal.