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Nepal's Prime Minister, Madhav Kumar, has announced that this year's Udahuli Sakela festival (aka. Mangshir Purnima) would be a nationwide public holiday this year.
Normally, this festival, would have been a regional public holiday only.
Today's promotion of a regional, or sectorial public holiday into a full-fledged nationwide public holiday, seems to be part of a recent trend (2009-11-28 and 2009-10-10).
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