Kathmandu: On the occasion of Tamu Lhosar, the government has given a public holiday today.
The Gurung community is celebrating the ‘Tamu Lhosar’ festival today all over the country. It falls on 15th of december and the gurung community celebrate it by saying goodbye to the old year and welcoming the new year.
Since, ‘Lho’ means year and ‘Saar’ means change, the day on which the year changes is called ‘Tamu Lhosar’. Tamu Lhosar is celebrated grandly as a new year by the Gurung community.
Tamu Lhosar’ festival is related to the rays of the sun. This festival is celebrated on the 15th of December because the heat of the sun comes first in Lamjung, Gorkha, Tanahun, Syangja, Manang, Kaski, Parbat and other districts where there is a majority of Gurung.
After this, it is believed that this festival is celebrated in Magh and Falgun because the heat of the sun comes to the areas inhabited by the Tamang and Sherpa tribes respectively.
It is said that this festival is also important because the night of 15th of december is the longest and the nights after that gets shorter.
On this occasion, the Gurung community organized a special program in Tundikhel, Kathmandu. People from Gurung community dress up in traditional and cultural costumes and participate in the program. Special dishes of the Gurung community will also be exhibited in the program.