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December 31, 2019

Tamu-Lhosar “New Year” being celebrated in Nepal

Tamu-Lhosar festival: File photo

Kathmandu: Gurungs (Tamus)- one of the major ethnic communities of Nepal -are celebrating Tamu-Lhosar (New Year) in Kathmandu amidst great pomp and show today.

This day for Tamus cross the country is the most auspicious day as it marks the day of welcoming a new day of the New Year and saying farewell to the passing year.

Tamu-Lhosar is a gala day for the Tamus. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the president of Nepal and Tourism Minister Yogesh Bhattarai are scheduled to grace the inaugural ceremony of Tamu-Lhosar to be held at Tudikhel in the afternoon today.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister K.P. Oli has wished all countrymen a happy and prosperous new year on the occasion of Tamu-Lhosar.

Tamus have engaged in various folklore and traditional cultural activities in the last three days to mark this auspicious great festival.

Tamu-Lhosar upheavals can be observed in districts such as Lamjung, Gorkha, Tanahun, Syangja, Manang, Kaski, and Parvat where the Tamus population is dominant.

Tamu-Lhosar used to be a public holiday in the previous calendar. However, a government cabinet decision of the current government revoked holiday for Tamu-Lhosar because of which some of the Tamus seem to be disgruntled now.  All the same, few of the provincial governments have declared this day as a public holiday in their respective states.

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