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Nepal Rules-Out Eclipse Public Holiday

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Saturday, March 5, 2016
Updated: Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Spokesperson for the Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal, Yadav Koirala, has announced that the Cabinet of the Government of Nepal had decided not to declare a one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, on account of that day's partial solar eclipse which, according to the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee, will be visible in Nepal on Wednesday morning, March 9, 2016.

Spokesperson Koirala, in his statement, did acknowledge that its was the tradition in Nepal to declare a one-off non-working public holiday on the date of solar eclipses.

For instance, the Government of Nepal declared Friday, January 15, 2010, a public holiday on account of that date's expected annular partial solar eclipse (2010-01-14), and the summer before (2009-07-21), the government of Nepal, declared a public holiday on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, the day of the longest total solar eclipse of the century.

However, spokesperson Koirala, went on to remind the media that Wednesday, March 9, 2016, is already a non-working public holiday in Nepal, on account of this year's Ghyalbo Lhosar annual non-working Nepalese public holiday, in line with last spring's (2015-03-03) gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2072 (April 2015-April 2016).

The next solar eclipse that will be visible from Nepal, and will occur on a date that is not already a non-working public holiday in Nepal, will be December 26, 2019.

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