KATHMANDU, Oct 24: The government has announced October 30, the next day of ‘Bhai Tika’ as a public holiday. Bhai Tika is the most important day of Tihar or Deepawali, also known as the festival lights.
According to Secretary at Ministry of Home Affairs Prem Kumar Rai, a cabinet meeting held on Tuesday decided to offer public holiday for coming Wednesday.
The day holds special significance especially in the Newar Community living in the capital during which they celebrate ‘Kija Pooja’ also known as ‘Bhai Tika’ of the community.
The government had earlier declared October 27 to 29 as Tihar holiday.
Newar Community had then demanded the government for a public holiday on Kija Pooja day. Federal lawmaker Krishna Gopal Shrestha, Province-3 lawmaker Ajaya Kranti Shakya and Rajesh Shakya and Kathmandu-22 ward chairperson Chinkaji Maharjan had called on Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli asking to announce the day as public holiday.
PM Oli had responded positively regarding the demand of the Newar Community.