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Indra Jatra begins in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — Indra Jatra formally began from Sunday with the erection of a sacred wooden pole (lingo) at Hanumandhoka in Basantapur Darbar Square.

The biggest festival of Kathmandu Valley dedicated to god of rain Indra lasts for eight days with singing, mask dancing and rejoicing along with other rituals.

Indra Jatra, which is also celebrated in Kavre and Dolakha districts, falls on the fourth day of the waxing moon in the month of Bhadra as per the lunar calendar.

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Legends said that the Indra Jatra festival is observed to celebrate the victory of the gods over the demons to release Jayanta, the son of Lord Indra.

Indra, the god of rain, is worshiped in this festival primarily celebrated by the Newar communities following both Hinduism and Buddhism.

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Sonam Lhosar today

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KATHMANDU — Tamang community people across the country are celebrating Sonam Lhosar with fanfare by extending greetings to one another and feasting on traditional cuisines Thursday.

Nepal Tamang Ghedung Association is organizing special programs in Tundikhel today to mark the festival.

As per Manju Shree calender, Tamang people divide their year into 12 cycles and each is given a special name, before the name of animals.

Sonam Lhosar is being celebrated on the first day of the new moon in the month of Magh in the lunar calendar.

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The government has announced public holiday today to mark the Sonam Lhosar.

Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes to all Tamang sisters and brothers at home and abroad on the occasion of Sonam Lhosar, the greatest festival of the Tamang community.

In the Lhosar greetings delivered today, President Bhandari wished the people from Tamang community for their peace, happiness, prosperity, good health, fraternity and progress on the occasion of the festival.

“May this day inspire all Nepali citizens to maintain fraternity, mutual harmony, tolerance and goodwill and ultimately bring the country to prosperity by promoting cultural diversities and the specialty of the country at global arena,” the President said.

She further hoped that the festival will inspire all to join hands in the mega campaign of making prosperous Nepal.

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