Nepal celebrates Nepal Sambat

The dominant Newar community in the Nepalese capital today celebrated Nepal Sambat, an unique lunar calendar which was recently recognised by the government.

Updated: Nov 07, 2010, 20:51 PM IST

Kathmandu: The dominant Newar community in
the Nepalese capital today celebrated Nepal Sambat, an unique
lunar calendar which was recently recognised by the
government.

A grand procession was organised to celebrate the
Nepal Era 1131 which was also attended by Prime Minister
Madhav Kumar Nepal.

Nepal Sambat was introduced in 880 AD by Shankhadhar
Shakhwa, a local merchant from Kathmandu, who paid off all the
debts of common people on his own, thus emancipating thousands
of people from slavery.

President Ram Baran Yadav has extended best wishes to
the people on the occasion.

U-CPN-Maoist Chairman Prachanda-led government had
given recognition to the Nepal Sambat as the national calendar
three years back.

Meanwhile, Nepalese today also observed Bhai Tika, a
festival to celebrate the bounding between brother and sister.

PTI