Nepal Sambat 1132 is being celebrated in Kathmandu valley and many parts of the country by people of Newar community.

KATHMANDU: The New Year of Nepal Sambat 1132 was welcomed by organizing various programmes across the country, today. Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has said the Nepal Sambat calendar will be implemented practically as it was a calendar of the whole Nepali people.

A goodwill rally was organised on the occasion of the new year of Nepal Sambat 1132 in Hetauda, today. The rally organised by the Nepal Bhasha Khala, Makwanpur, was started from the Makwanpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry office premises went round various parts of the Hetauda Municipality and converged into a corner meeting after reaching Rapti Road Chowk.

Meanwhile, speaking at a function organised by the Nepal Bhasha Khala in the district, former Nepali Ambassador to Russia Hiranyalal Shrestha discussed the historical and cultural aspects of Nepal Sambat and urged the government for bringing separate programmes for its recognition.

Similarly, Sindhu Newa Khala also organised a motorcycle rally in Sindhupalchowk district headquarters Chautara Bazaar. The participants of the rally went through Melchaur Irkhu, Waiba Chhap, Sanusirubari and ended after it reached the local Shahid Manch.

Likewise, Newar and other community people participated in a rally organised by the Jhigu Newa Samaj, Dhading, for harmony in the society on the occasion of the New Year of Nepal Sambat 1132. The rally participated in by elderly people and youths of Newari community and people from other communities started from Pulchowk Bazaar and ended after it reached the upper market area.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai has said the Nepal Sambat calendar will be implemented practically as it was a calendar of the whole Nepali people.

At a programme organised by the Nepal Sambat Rastriya Nhu Dan Function Committee at Shahid Manch, Tundikhel today, he said Nepal Sambat was being given a practical shape to protect Nepal’s original culture and identity.

Recalling that the government had given former minister and long time campaigner for Nepal Bhasa, Padmaratna Tuladhar, the responsibility to present a report by undertaking studies and research on the Nepal Sambat and Shankhadhar Sakhwa, the prime minister said Nepal sambat will be put into practice after the report comes out.

He said Nepal Sambat was declared national era when UCPN-Maoist Chairman Pushpakamal Dahal Prachanda was prime minister, and now preparations were on to implement it.

Convener of the Nhu Da Samiti Padma Ratna Tuladhar said it was a good deed of the government to include Nepal Sambat in the government calendar.

He also said Nepal had no language policy and no proper studies were made.

Various pageantries were brought out depicting the Newar community’s original culture along with band music.

Earlier, the rally of various literary and cultural organizations which started from Basantpur had reached Shahid Manch after going through various parts of inner parts of Kathmandu.

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