Kathmandu, Dec 30 – The Gurung community is marking the ‘Tamu Lhosar’ as the New Year from today by bidding adieu to the old one.
In the Gurung language, ‘Lho’ means class and ‘Sar’ means change, and change in class is called as ‘Tamu Lhosar’. The members of Gurung community jovially mark the festival by organizing feasts and cultural programmes on Paush 15 as per the Gurung tradition. Tamu Lhosar is also associated with the rays of the sun.
The festival is marked on Paush 15 as the sunrays come early in the geography of Gurung settlements including Lamjung, Gorkha, Tanahun, Syangja, Manang, Kaski and Parbat of the Gandaki Province. The members of the Gurung community are organizing a special programme at Tundikhel in the capital city today.
On the occasion of the Tamu Lhosar, Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun has expressed best wishes towards Gurung community on the occasion of Tamu Lhosar adding that such festivals help maintain social unity, goodwill and religious tolerance. Vice President Pun has wished for happiness, peace and prosperity to all Tamu sisters and brothers at home and abroad.
In a message today, the Vice President expressed the confidence that such unique festivals have great importance in the multiethnic, multilingual, multi religious and geographic diverse and secular country like Nepal.
Saying that national unity amid diversities is the feature of Nepalis, the Vice President has expressed the confidence that our unique religious and cultural festivals would further strengthen our national unity by maintaining social unity, goodwill and religious tolerance.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended greetings to the Gurung community at home and abroad on the occasion of Tamu Lhosar, the Gurung community’s New Year festival that falls on Paush 15 each year.
The President has wished for happiness, peace, mutual harmony and prosperity to the community and all Nepalis. The President further mentions that the Gurung community has played important roles in promoting cultural tourism and boosting rural economy in the country.
She also said that such cultural entities are unique in the world and such kinds of cultural diversities should be protected even to promote economic tourism in the nation.
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has extended a message of best wishes to all Gurung community living at home and abroad on the occasion of Tamu Lhosar. He in the message said that the government was at work to create an equitable society by removing existing discriminations and inequalities. “The government has started the campaign of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’. Supports and constructive roles from all quarters are needed to materialise the campaign. I hope the Tamu community will cooperate with the government in this campaign,” the PM states in the message.