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Nepal Extends Tihar Public Holidays To November 17

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2020

The Joint Secretary and spokesperson at the Ministry of Home Affairs of Nepal, Chakra Bahadur Budha, has announced that, following a dispute over the date of this year's Tihar festival between the followers of the two separate calendars of Bikram Sambat and Nepal Sambat, the Nepalese Council of Ministers had decided to declare an additional public holiday on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, the day after previously announced public holiday for Bhai Tika.

The aforementioned announcement that Nepal's government had declared Tuesday, November 17, 2020, as an extension to the Bhai Tika public holiday, thus further extends (2020-11-07) last spring's (2020-03-31) gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2077 (April 2020-April 2021).

In that gazetted list of Nepalese public holidays for the Nepalese year 2077, the Tihar holidays were listed under the alternative name of Yam Panchak, with the first day, Kaag Tihar, observed by feeding crows, the second day, Kukur Tihar, worshipping dogs, the third day, Gai Tihar/Laxmi Puja, worshipping cows and the goddess of wealth, the fourth day, Bhai Tika, celebrating the brother-sister bond, and the fifth day, Kija Pooja.

The announcement, by the spokesperson at the Ministry of Home Affairs, goes on to state that "all government offices, public institutions, organisations, and academic institutions across the country would be closed that day".

Due to various calendars being used by different communities to calculate the dates of the same holidays, the date and extent of the Tihar public holidays have often been tweaked at the last minute by the Nepalese government (2019-10-24, 2017-10-17, and 2011-10-24), as was done last week, when the Ministry of Home Affairs declared Saturday, November 14, 2020, as an additional day of public holiday in Nepal for the upcoming Tihar festival (2020-11-07).

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