The Tamang community has celebrated Sonam Lhosar, meaning New Year, by organizing various programs today.
According to the Manjushree calendar, the 2860th year starts from today. From today, the tiger year enters after completing the cow year.
Tamang men and women clad in traditional attires thronged the Army Pavilion in Tundikhel and observed the Sonam Lhosar festival with fanfare by organizing cultural dances. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' also attended the festival.
Sonam Lhosar which falls on Magh Shukla Pratipada, is divided into 12 categories: rat, cow, tiger, rabbit, dragon (cloud), snake, horse, sheep, monkey, bird, dog and pig.
The festival is specially celebrated in different districts of Bagmati region where Tamang caste is predominant. The government has given a public holiday across the country on the occasion of the festival being celebrated on Saturday this year.