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Nepal celebrates New Year

People across Nepal celebrated the country's New Year on Wednesday in accordance with the official calendar Bikram Era 206, which is linked to Indian king Bikramaditya.

world Updated: Apr 14, 2010 15:11 IST

People across Nepal celebrated the country's New Year on Wednesday in accordance with the official calendar Bikram Era 206, which is linked to Indian king Bikramaditya.

People thronged to temples, greeted each other, and gathered at restaurants, homes and picnic spots to celebrate the occasion.

A musical programme was organised in Durbar Marg and a fair was organised in Tundikhel open ground in Kathmandu to celebrate the first day of the new year.

Nepalese people observe New Year for at least six occasions according to their respective ethnic calendars. Nepal Era is celebrated in October, Christian New Year on January 1, Sonam Lhosar in February, Gyalpo Lhosar in March and Tamu Lhosar in December.

In his new year message, President Ram Baran Yadav said that reconciliation and national unity were the need of the hour rather than disputes and unhealthy competition.

Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, in a separate message, underlined the need for forging consensus and cooperation amongst everyone. He also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate for such major tasks as drafting the new constitution and concluding the peace process.