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Nepal Plans To Restore All Sectorial Public Holidays

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Friday, February 12, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: April 2, 2021


Nepal's Minister for Home Affairs, Ram Bahadur Thapa, has announced that the current Nepalese government would restore the sectorial public holidays that were canceled by the Oli-led government a few years ago, on the recommendation of the the Administrative Reform Advice Committee led by Kashi Raj Dahal.

The aforementioned statement comes after the government of Nepal decided to declare Sonam Lhosar, the festival observed by the Tamang and Hyolmo communities, as a public holiday again, beginning in 2021 (2021-02-09), a month after a full public holiday in Nepal on the occasion of Maghe or Makar Sankranti (2021-01-10).

Both Sonam Lhosar and Makar Sankranti were included in 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), but only for their specific community (2020-03-31).

Sonam Lhosar and Makar Sankranti were full public holidays in Nepal until the Oli-led government removed it from the list of B.S. 2075 (April 2018-April 2019) public holidays, a listing which included the culling of 12 annual public holidays of Nepal, and the demotion of a further 10 annual public holidays, including Sonam Lhosar, to a sectorial status (2018-03-31).

Presumably, the announced change will be implemented in the upcoming gazetted list of official non-working public holidays in Nepal for the Nepalese year 2078 (April 2021-April 2022).



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