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Maghe Sankranti being celebrated across the country

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Maghe Sankranti festival also called Makar Sakranti, is being observed across the country on Thursday.

This festival is celebrated by almost all the castes and communities with different names and styles. On the occasion, Hindus took a holy dip in rivers and feast yam, ghee and different delicacies

Newar communities eat ghee chaku and special foods to commend the day.

Additionally, Tharus denoted the celebration by taking a dip in river and accepting gifts from older folks.

Maghe Sankranti is the greatest celebration of Tharu Community. The Community marks Maghi as the start of New Year.

Clad in customary clothing, Tharu people ogranised a show depicting distinctive parts of their society on this day.

Likewise, in the Kirant Community this celebration is commended as a start of New Year which is called Yele Dhung.

There is a belief in the Hindu society that from the month of Magh, the sun enters the northern hemisphere of the globe and the days start to become longer and hotter progressively bringing the winter to end.

As per Mahabharata, Bhisma Pitamah, who had the ability to control his own death, happened to choose to die on the day of Maghe Sankranti. In this manner it is accepted that the people who dies on this day may attain to Moksha a release from rebirth cycle.

Meanwhile, President Ram Baran Yadav extended his wishes to all the Nepalis living at home or abroad on the occassion of Maghe Sankranti celebration.

The legislature has announced a public holiday to mark the festival today.

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2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali





KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.

Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.

“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.

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He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.

On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.

He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.

The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.

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