Most of the fairs and festivals that can be seen in Kathmandu have their origin in the Malla period. This gave an urban cultural touch, not limiting the Newari festivities after the Gorkha conquest in the years 1768-1769. Parbatiyas culture and new migrant communities were harmoniously mixed.
Festivities like Ghode jatra, Indra-Jatra, Gai Jatra, Durga Puja, Dashain or Shivratri among other are followed by Hindu and Buddhist communities of Kathmandu with great devotion, fervor and enthusiasm.
Cultural continuity has been kept alive for centuries, from ancient to modern times, in an exclusive worship of gods and goddesses as Ajima, Talejo, Degutaleju, Kumari (the living goddess) and many more in Kathmandu and the rest of the country.
The artistic buildings have become places of worship in the daily lives of people, and are held for the annual festivals. It is estimated that there are 133 festivals held throughout the year.