President Ram Chandra Paudel has conveyed his heartfelt greetings to the Newar community on the auspicious occasion of ‘Nepal Sambat 1144’.
During this celebration, he honored the memory of philanthropist Sankhadhar Sakhawa, who played a pivotal role in freeing the residents of the Kathmandu Valley from debt, thereby initiating the Nepal Sambat calendar.
The President commended Sankhadhar Sakhwa’s actions as a shining example for all societies. Emphasizing the significance of festivals in Nepal in fostering a cultured society and promoting social tolerance, he hailed the Nepal Sambat as the ‘original calendar’ of Nepal.
The Nepal Sambat officially begins on the first day of the waxing moon in the month of Kartik and is prominently observed in various locations including Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Banepa, Dhulikhel, and Dolakha.
Expressing optimism that the celebration of Nepal Sambat would contribute to fostering mutual goodwill, tolerance, and national unity, the President extended warm wishes for happiness, peace, and prosperity to Nepali sisters and brothers, both at home and abroad, on this special occasion.