KATHMANDU, Oct 31: The Nepal Sambat New Year 1137 is being celebrated across the country today amidst various programs.
The people of the Newar community have been celebrating the Nepal Sambat New Year's Day at present. The Nepal Sambat is an indigenous calendar of Nepal.
The Nepal Sambat or calendar year was begun by Shankhadhar Sakhwa by relieving the people of Nepal off debt during the rule of Lichchhavi King Raghavdev in 880 AD.
Recognizing the contribution of Shankhadhar Sakhwa to the country and people, the government led by then Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai had announced Sakhwa a national luminary on November 18, 1999.