Tamangs seek 5-day Lhochhar holiday

Kathmandu, January 17:

Nepal Tamang Ghedung (NTG) today demanded a five-day public holiday during the Lhochhar festival celebrated by the Tamang community and warned of “Tamsaling bandh if the government failed to meet its demand”.

Tamsaling comprises areas surrounding the Kathmandu Valley where indigenous Tamangs are residing. The Tamang body also demanded that the government broadcast symbolic music of Lhochhar during the festivities on state-owned radio and TV as they do during Dashain and Tihar.

The NTG is celebrating 284th Fag Lhochhar for five days beginning January 19 at Bhrikuti Mandap in Kathmandu.

Addressing a press conference here, NTG president Mahendra Jung Tamang said Ghedung had already presented memorandums to the eight political parties concerning their demands.

The NTG has expressed serious concern over the nomination of political figures in the 48 seats of the interim legislature initially allocated to the civil society representatives and professionals.