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The District Executive Committee Chairman of the Lamjung Tamang Ghedung Association, Ajay Tamang, has asked the Government of Nepal to cancel the upcoming, January 18, 2018, non-working public holiday of Nepal for the Sonam Lhosar Tamang New Year, as that date had been listed erroneously in the official Nepali Calendar.
At the aforementioned press conference, then Lamjung Chairman stated that "We will celebrate Sonam Lhosar on February 16, so the public holiday declared for January 18 is not necessary.", referring to the gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2074 (mid-April 2017 to mid-April 2018), released last spring (2017-03-25), and the fact that "Gyalbo Lhosar celebrated by Sherpa community also falls on February 16, so public holiday has already been declared on that day and no need to declare another holiday".
Nepal celebrates more than one Lhosar public holiday (Lhosar meaning New Year) as Nepal's various ethnic communities observe their New Year at different times of the year (2016-03-06, 2014-01-30, 2013-02-08, 2012-02-20, 2012-01-22, 2011-03-04, 2010-02-13, 2009-12-29, 2009-02-24, 2008-03-07, and 2007-02-18) with Tamang Lhosar having gained official non-working public holiday status almost a decade ago (2010-01-05).
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