Nepal is one of the biggest Touristic destination in South east Asia. The small and interesting country is more famous of its high Mountains (Everest & Himalaya) but surprisingly not everybody realize they have their own Calendar and that they are actually in the year 2070. The following statements will give you a brief overview on the development of the Calendar.
The little accuracy shows that the Nepal Sambat Calendar (Nepali Calendar) is approximately 56 years and 8 months ahead of the English Calendar known as Gregorian Calendar. It is also called in Nepal "nepali Patro". In the country the new year starts from the middle of april (approximately 17th of the april). In Gregorian Calendar the days of the months are known but in nepali calendar its not the case, in fact they change yearly. The maximum number of days in a month in Gregorian calendar is 31, but in the nepali Calendar it can go up to 32 days. This calendar is mostly used in Nepal and India; and slightly in some other countries like Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia and Bhutan.
Nepal Sambat was initiated by Sankhadhar Sakhwa (Subject to the Kingdom) to commemorate the pay back of all the debts of Nepalese people. As you can notice, Nepal Sambat is nowadays one of the calendars in the whole world named after a Country cause, numerous other calendars are named after some rulers or religious leaders (Coptic, Jewish, Julian, Roman, Hindu Calendars, etc.).This calendar is said to have been introduced by this common subject Shankhadhar Sakhwal during the Kingdomship era by clearing on his own all debts owed to the country.
This calendar came into being and into official use during the reign of king Raghabdev, immediately after the completion of the former one Mandev Sambat 304 (881 AD). The government of Nepal recognised the Nepal Sambat as the national calendar in 2007. As a result of which most of the Nepali national newspapers have used and still use this calendar together with the Gregorian calendar.
Check out the Calendar of the month of March below. Notice that all the dates in Red color correspond to National holidays, and as a consequence the country holds around 110 days of Holyday per year !
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