KATHMANDU, Nov 15: The Chitwan Festival, which could not be held last year due to COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to be held from January 9 to 18. The festival is being held on the bank of Narayani River with a small number of stalls keeping in view of the risk of COVID-19.
This is the 13th edition of the festival, which started in 1996. The festival is held every two years. It is organized by the Chitwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry while Bharatpur Metropolis and District Coordination Committee are its co-organizers.
A main organizing committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Raju Shrestha of Chitwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. According to Shrestha, the festival will have 350 stalls this year. In the previous festival, there used to be more than 500 stalls. Shrestha said that the number of stalls has been reduced due to safety concerns of the coronavirus.
Similarly, there will be commercial stalls, agriculture promotion stalls, information and technology related stalls, Nepali handicraft expo stalls, educational stalls and stalls run by social organizations. Entrepreneurs from China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh also will have their stalls in the festival.
Likewise, during the festival, there will be seminars on various topics on a daily basis. Senior Vice President of the Association Chun Narayan Shrestha said that the seminar is expected to help make Chitwan a financial hub.