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Nepal Rules-Out Eclipse December 26 Public Holiday

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Wednesday, December 25, 2019


The Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) of the Government of Nepal has announced that it had decided not to declare a one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal on Thursday, December 26, 2019, on account of that day's ring of fire annular solar eclipse which will be visible in Nepal on Thursday, December 26, 2019.

In past years, 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 that was to be the longest total solar eclipse of the century.

This Nepalese tradition, of declaring a one-off non-working public holiday on the date of solar eclipses, was more recently confirmed by the Spokesperson for the Home Ministry of the Government of Nepal, Yadav Koirala, when he ruled-out the declaration of a one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, on account of that day's partial solar eclipse (2016-03-05).

In this case, however, Wednesday, March 9, 2016, was already a public holiday, as per the gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year B.S.2072, as released by the government of Nepal (2015-03-03).

If Thursday, December 26, 2019, had been declared a one-off non-working public holiday in Nepal, then this would have amended the gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2076 (April 2019-April 2020), as was announced last spring by the government of Nepal (2019-03-15).



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