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Nepal Mulls Gaijatra Public Holiday Extension

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Nepalese lawmakers, speaking at the Legislature-Parliament, have demanded that the current regional Gaijatra non-working public holiday of Nepal, currently only observed in the Kathmandu Valley, be declared as a nationwide non-working public holiday in Nepal, starting in 2017.

The aforementioned request to make Gaijatra a nationwide non-working public holiday in Nepal starting in 2017, was made following the recent Friday, August 19, 2016, observance of a non-working public holiday in the Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts on account of the Gaijatra festival, in line with last spring's (2016-04-02) gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2073 (mid-April 2016 to mid-April 2017), but which, as usual (2014-08-10 and 2011-08-12), restricts the Gaijatra non-working public holiday of Nepal to the "Kathmandu Valley" (Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur districts).

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