Today marks as the 2855th Sonam Lhosar, a festival celebrated particularly by Nepalese Tamang community. The festival is celebrated on the occasion of New Year of Tamang community. It falls on Shukla Pratipada of the Nepalese month of Magh. In English calendar it usually falls between early-January to mid-February.
The festival is celebrated with much excitement and various programmes and activities all around the world. Province 3 Government of Nepal declared public holiday today as the largest population of Tamang community in Nepal reside in the province.
President of Nepal, Bidya Devi Bhandari extended a message of good wishes to all Nepalese living at home and abroad on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar. The message read, “The festival may bring happiness, prosperity, peace and progress to all Nepalese. All should focus on preserving and promoting Nepali festivals and culture so as to retain the identity of Nepal and Nepalese at the national and international level”. The festival is also celebrated in Tibet, Bhutan and parts of India.