Been there, done that

It is a common practice among many Nepalis to play cards, gamble and let off firecrackers during festive occasions, especially during Dashain and Tihar. For a number of years now, it has also been a common practice of the home ministry and the local administration to announce a ban on the sale or use of firecrackers. While card-playing and gambling encourage social evils, the practice of lighting toy explosives has often led to uncalled-for injuries, and sometimes to death. The district administrations across the country have started issuing notices of such bans, keeping in view the upcoming Tihar festivities.

Furthermore, the Panchthar district administration has also put a ceiling on Dakshina, money

that is offered as a gift, to deusi singers in Tihar. However, despite the restrictions imposed by local administrations, the practices go on. Every year such rituals are enacted. Indeed, many deusi singers continue to compel people to pay according to their demands. Moreover, there is a growing trend among

the relatively well— off to go to casinos, festivals

or no festivals, which is legally banned for Nepalis. One cannot also deny that the prohibitions

put in place by the government are often ignored for various reasons. Both the central and the local administration should see that the legal provisions are sincerely implemented. Just making the laws and regulations is not enough.