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Nepal Rules-Out Eclipse Public Holiday
 
(Posted on Saturday, March 5, 2016)

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)

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 (14-Jan-2010), and the summer before (21-Jul-2009), 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 (03-Mar-2015) 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.

Related links:

Nepal bank holidays and public holidays (news and updates)
Worldwide bank holidays and public holidays news updates (March 2016)
Nepal 2019 bank holidays and public holidays (current year)
Nepal 2020 bank holidays and public holidays (next year)
Nepal 2021 bank holidays and public holidays
Nepal 2022 bank holidays and public holidays
Nepal 2023 bank holidays and public holidays
 2016-03-06: Nepalese Public Holidays March 7-8-9
 2015-03-03: Nepalese 2015-2016 Public Holidays Gazetted
 2010-01-14: Nepal Declares Tomorrow Eclipse Public Holiday
 2009-07-21: Nepal Declares Solar Eclipse Public Holiday


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