Nepali New Year a big hit with Kathmanduites

Mudita Bajracharya

Kathmandu, April 14:

The Kathmanduites celebrated one more New Year today. Picnic spots, hotels, restaurants, cafes, gift shops, flower stalls and card outlets remained crowded, which reflect that the city dwellers never let go any opportunity of celebration. Being the country’s official calendar, New Year celebration according to the Bikram Era has its own charm. People from different walks of life — irrespective of their religion, age and ethnicity — celebrate the occasion with equal enthusiasm. Everyone has his/her own way of celebrating the New Year. Youths love partying in discos and pubs. For Arya Pokherel, a bachelor-level student, it is an event to have fun and get-together with lots of people at one place and dance in a single tune. “I used to sneak out of the New Year party with excuses, but parents are also becoming liberal these days.”

Talking about three-year-old experience as an organiser of DJing party in Nepal, DJ Ankit of partynepal.com said: “The number of party-goers in Kathmandu has actually gone up. In 2059, around 300 people attended the party.” His Everest Hotel in New Baneshwore saw 1,200 people yesterday. “Younger generation enjoys going to parties in Kathmandu.” Many celebrated the New Year with friends and family members at picnic spots in Godavari, Tribhuvan Park, Kakani and Balaju. The Central Zoo alone attracted 25,000 visitors in a single day, according to Suk Bahadur Gurung, accountant at the Central Zoo. The number of visitors in the previous year was 18,000, he said. Ram Bahadur Maharjan of Mikhabahal in Patan went to the central zoo with his neighbours. “Celebrating New Year with the people around you is refreshing and starting with positive note,” he said. Maharjan said they have been organising picnic for more than a decade.

Along with partying and outing several other activities marked the coming of the New Year.

Thousands of people gathered at Yoshingkhel of Bhaktapur to celebrate the Bisket jatra.

Cultural expert Satya Mohan Joshi said there are various ways of celebrating this Bikram New Year. “Among others, devotees take a dip in Sapan Tirtha (river of dreams) at Tokha wishing for their good health,” he said.