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Nepali New Year, New Resolution And Travel Year

ICE Graveyard 18/04/2016 Kishor Panthi

2016-04-17-1460851374-9902695-LumbiniNepal.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-04-17-1460851374-9902695-LumbiniNepal.jpg Lumbini, Nepal.( Photo : Nepal Tourism Board's Facebook.)
Nepalese use more than one calendar to celebrate their New Year days. They celebrate 9 different new years including AD. Nepal has dozens of ethnic groups with their own unique calendars.
Nepal has a unique lunar calendar by its own name called Nepal Sambat. And other is Bikram Sambat calendar. Bikram Sambat is the official calendar of Nepal so far. It uses lunar months and solar sidereal year, which is 56.7 years ahead of the solar Gregorian calendar AD.
This year, April 13 was the first day of this calendar. Yes, Baishakh 1st is regarded as national New Year, the country's official calendar year starts this day. It means Nepalese celebrated April 13 (Baisakh 1) as their New Year all around the world.
2016-04-17-1460851781-9908925-13015671_216072562103567_5284343179728236254_n.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-04-17-1460851781-9908925-13015671_216072562103567_5284343179728236254_n.jpg Around Kapan Gumba in Kathmandu. Kapan Monastery is a Tibetan Buddhist monastery near Boudhanath, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.

Last year, Nepalese were celebrating New Year with new hope and resolution but after 12 days of New Year Nepalese faced devastating earthquake which killed over 8,000 people and injured more than 21,000. It occurred at 11:56 Nepal Standard Time on 25 April, with a magnitude of 7.8. A major aftershock occurred on 12 May 2015 with a magnitude of 7.3. More than 200 people were killed and more than 2,500 were injured by this aftershock. Thousands of Nepalese are still homeless because of this doomsday.
However, Nepalese people are not losing hope. With New hope and commitment Nepalese are celebrating New Year 2073. Nepalese are making a new resolution this day. And Government of Nepal also made a new resolution for this year. Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) announced Bikram Sambat 2073 as 'Ghumfir Barsha' (Travel Year), in a bid to promote domestic tourism. The initiative is part of the government's preparations to organize International Tourism Year 2017-18. Nepal government has allocated a sum of a budget to carry out promotional activities to make the 'Travel Year' successful. This travel year is to encourage Nepali people to travel various tourism destinations within the country. The government of Nepal has planned to promote the new tourism destinations based on the package proposed by local people and promote various destinations in major cities during major unique festivals.
2016-04-17-1460851907-6812683-12986921_216736748703815_3282673069427403803_n.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-04-17-1460851907-6812683-12986921_216736748703815_3282673069427403803_n.jpg Heading to Sindhuligadhi with journalist Jitendra GC. Sindhuli Gadhi is a historical fort and tourist attraction in eastern Nepal. Sindhuli Gadhi is famous for the battle between the then Gorkha Army and the British troop head by Captain Kinloch.
Nepal's tourism industry has been struggling to recover from last year's earthquake. It is the first time Nepal announced Travel Year targeting to provide domestic tourism. This is very good opportunity for all 'NonResidence Nepalese' to be a part of this historical campaign. Nepalese people all around the world should make travel plan to Nepal to help and promote 'Nepal Travel Year' and Nepal's tourism industry. Earlier, Nepal has implemented "Visit Nepal 1998" and "Nepal Tourism Year 2011" targeting international tourists. Nepal has prepared to organize International Tourism Year 2017-18. Nepalese people all around to the world can be envoy to promote 'International Tourism Year.'
2016-04-17-1460852205-1809645-13010826_215145018862988_301172702943677395_n.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-04-17-1460852205-1809645-13010826_215145018862988_301172702943677395_n.jpg Heading to Nepal. At John F. Kennedy International Airport.
New York-based Nepalese organizations have planned to organize 'Nepal Day Parade' to promote tourism in Nepal. This is a very good step to promote Nepal and Nepalese tourism. According to the organizers, the general objective of the parade is to introduce the pride of Nepal and Nepalese Americans amongst the diverse communities of immigrants in The City of New York. The specific objective is to promote Nepal through trade and tourism and help Nepalese Americans to grow up in the melting immigrant cultures in the United States.

The first Nepal Day Parade is announced on May 22, 2016, in The City of New York. The parade this year is the beginning of the never-ending process that will reflect the pride of the Nepalese Americans in this city. Thousands of Nepalese Americans are expected to show up at this parade, which will increase in the year ahead.The Parade formation shall take place at 29th Street Broadway after which the Parade shall head towards downtown until 18th Street-Broadway. The Parade shall end at the 18th Street Broadway that also shall be considered as the dismissal location for the Parade. The Parade formation shall begin at 12:00 noon at 28th Street Broadway on May 22, 2016, i.e. on Sunday. The Parade begins at 1:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. Nepal Day Parade is wonderful initiative and all Nepalese in the USA should support this event without any hesitation. All Nepalese around the world should follow this type of initiation to promote Nepalese culture and tourism all over the world.
2016-04-17-1460852632-2156555-Sindhuli.jpg © Provided by The Huffington Post 2016-04-17-1460852632-2156555-Sindhuli.jpg Sindhuli, Nepal.
No matter wherever you are, let's join hands to promote Nepalese tourism all around the world and to revive Nepal after devastating earthquake. Let's make the new resolution on the occasion of this Nepali New Year 2073. Happy New Year 2073.

(Note: Right now I am in Nepal and I would like to share some of my pictures taken in Nepal to promote 'Ghumfir Barsha'.)

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