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Nepal Restores Sonam Lhosar Public Holiday Effective in 2021

Source: Nepalese Ministry of Home Affairs (Kathmandu)
Posted: Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Most recent follow-up news item: April 2, 2021

The government of Nepal, at yesterday's cabinet meeting, decided to declare Friday, February 12, 2021, as a full public holiday in Nepal, on account of the Sonam Lhosar 2057 festival observed by the Tamang and Hyolmo communities.

Sonam Lhosar had been 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 as a sectorial holiday for the Tamang community (2020-03-31).

Earlier this month, the government of the Nepalese municipalities of Namobuddha and Temal had already decided to extend the public holidays for the upcoming 2057th Sonam Lhosar to last from Wednesday to Friday, February 10-12, 2021 (2021-02-01).

Sonam Lhosar was a full public holiday 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 also included the culling of 12 of Nepal's annual public holidays, and the demotion of a further 10 annual public holidays, including Sonam Lhosar, to a sectorial status (2018-03-31).

According to the Nepalese Minister for Youth and Sports, Dawa Tamang, the government of Nepal intends to keep Sonam Lhosar as a full public holiday, again, from 2021 onward.

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