Naya Barsa ko Subhakamana = Happy New Year!
This year April 13th is New Years Eve and April 14th is the first day of the Nepali month Baisakh, the first day of the Nepali New Year. In the Bikram Sambat calendar the year is 2067.
Nepal shares a new year with several other cultures including Bangladesh (and West Bengal, India?), Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand.
Nepal News linked to the US Department of State’s website today to show that Hilary Clinton sent her warm New Year wishes to the people of Nepal:
On behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, I congratulate the people of Nepal as you welcome in the New Year. This is an opportunity to celebrate national unity and goodwill in Nepal, and for people of Nepalese heritage around the world to reflect on new beginnings and possibilities. As Nepal’s friend and partner, the United States hopes that the coming year will see continued consolidation of democracy, including the promulgation of a new constitution, that will keep Nepal on the path of progress and prosperity. We look forward to strengthening the partnership between our governments and the friendship between our people.
I offer my warmest wishes for a safe and happy holiday. Naya Barshako Shubha-Kamana!
New Years Day also happens to be Nepali Mother’s Day… so I guess that means you should call home!