KATHMANDU, Jan 22: People have been requested to be aware as it is found that there is use of potentially harmful, inedible colors to make cotton candy sold at festivals and markets.

In a laudable move to protect students and parents from additional financial burdens imposed by a section of schools, the Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has taken a decisive step by warning against the practice of forcing students to buy additional uniforms during various festivals.

KATHMANDU, Dec 23: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) has warned of taking action against schools that compel students to purchase extra clothing during various festivals.

KATHMANDU, Nov 13: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed the belief that festivals including Tihar have an important role in preparing the ideological, political, economic and cultural basis of socialism while protecting and strengthening the changed political system.

Food waste during festivals deepens the divide between the rich and the poor by highlighting disparities in resource access. While some indulge in lavish feasts, others struggle with hunger and scarcity. Many celebrate these festivals with an empty stomach.

KOHALPUR (Banke), Oct 20: People heading home to celebrate the Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals have been stranded at the Nepalgunj airport in Banke district due to the shortage of air tickets. The stranded people have left various districts of the country for Karnali and Sudurpaschim provinces to celebrate the festivals.

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: A total of 24,340 passengers have secured advance tickets for their journeys home during the Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath festivals from the New Bus Park at Gongabu in Kathmandu, on Monday.

Fair-price shops to run from Sunday

October 7, 2023 20:04 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 7: The government is preparing to operate fair-price shops from Sunday to facilitate the general public during the upcoming festivals of Dashain, Tihar, and Chhath.

KATHMANDU, Oct 4: The Industry and Commerce, and Labour and Consumer Interest Committee under the House of Representatives has instructed the government to ensure smooth supplies of daily essential goods during festivals such as Dashain, Tihar and Chhath.

KATHMANDU, Oct 3: With the onset of Dashain, Tihar, and other festivals, Nepali expatriates are returning home, bringing with them various electronic gadgets such as TVs, mobile phones, and laptops. However, it's important to note that there are different customs regulations for travelers depending on their membership in the Social Security Fund.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: Former President Bidya Devi Bhandari has expressed the belief that the Haritalika Teej festival will vigorously further women's equal access.

KATHMANDU, Sept 18: The festival of ‘Teej,’ a big festival observed by Nepali Hindu women, is being celebrated in a grand manner, wishing for prosperous life and perpetual luck throughout the country today.

Festivals are synonymous with rejuvenation, closeness, and togetherness. However, the true essence of these celebrations can often be compromised, rendering them less enjoyable for certain groups, particularly those with disabilities.

KATHMANDU, Aug 31: 'Janai Purnima' which is also called 'Rishi Tarpani' festival is being celebrated across the country today. The festival is basically observed by the majority Hindus in the country.

Province-1 Chief Minister Rajendra Kumar Rai has extended best wishes to all Nepali people on the occasion of Kiranti people's grand festival Udhauli, Limbu people's grand festival Chasok Tangnam and Newari's Yomari Punhi that fall on full moon day of Marga (November-December) every year.

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Shoppers during the festivals this year have a hard time managing expenses due to rampant hikes in market prices.

KATHMANDU, September 24: Many traders are found to be involved in the market misconducts to receive undue benefits as the festivals are round the corner.

KATHMANDU, Sept 17: The government has started operating nearly three dozen fair price shops in 38 districts from Saturday with the aim of giving respite to consumers during the upcoming festivals.

KATHMANDU, August 21: The government is importing 50,000 tons of sugar for the approaching Dashain and Tihar festivals to preempt any possible shortage of the sweetener during the festivals.

KATHMANDU, Sept 23: The government has cautioned traders not to create artificial shortages to hike sugar prices ahead of the upcoming festivals.

KATHMANDU, August 22: The Ministry of Home Affairs has urged the people to maintain safety and health protocols while celebrating festivals and buying essential goods on a daily basis.

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The Nepal Police headquarters has directed the police chiefs in the Kathmandu Valley, provinces and districts to formulate a special security plan in view of COVID-19 and the approaching festivals.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Market anomalies including black marketeering and selling of substandard food are rampant mainly during Dashain and Tihar every year. But the problem seems to be more severe this year with the rising cases of COVID-19.

KATHMANDU, Jan 15: The Maghe or Makar Sankranti is being observed throughout the country today by taking holy dips in rivers and ponds, worshiping at various temples and savoring various delicacies like ghee, yam, khichadi and sweets like Chaku and sweets made of sesame and molasses.

KATHMANDU, Dec 12: Yomari Punhi and Sakela Udhauli festivals were observed across the country on Thursday.

KATHMANDU, Nov 2: The business of flowers crossed Rs 300 million during this year's Dashain and Tihar festivals, according to Floriculture Association Nepal (FAN).

Let there be light

October 27, 2019 02:00 am

As the country goes for yet another three-day holiday for Tihar, there are many issues making the rounds in the media. For one, the most gruesome case of genocide that occurred in 2008 is not moving toward resolution. The main suspect, Mohammad Aftab Alam, has been denying the allegation that he masterminded that criminal act. He is even claiming that the bomb explosion that killed people on the eve of first Constituent Assembly elections in April, 2008 did not occur at all. District court has remanded him in custody for one more week and there are genuine fears that the victims and eyewitnesses of the murders might be influenced by the culprits and their relatives.  The case of rape attempt against former Speaker of House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara is not making any headway. Meanwhile, the government has arrested a rapper on charge of spreading offensive message through his songs. People are divided in favor of and against the police action. While a group of people has been arguing that government is trying to divert the public attention from the pressing issues by arresting the singer, others have stood in favor of the police action.  Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for the Republic of Azerbaijan, leading the Nepali delegation to the 18th Summit of heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Preserving purity of festivals

October 27, 2019 01:30 am

Major festivals across cultures have their roots in rural life. They also share similar rationale for celebration. The reunion of family members, sharing of good time, food, blessings, and worship of gods/goddesses are their universal themes. Unsurprisingly, they are embraced, modified, and commoditized by the urbanites, exurbanites and suburbanites in no time.

Bhaitika beyond stereotype

October 24, 2019 07:53 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Film actor Najir Hussian, to go by his surname, obviously belongs to a Muslim family. But every year during the Tihar festival, Najir receives tika from Saru Rai, whom he considers his non-biological sister. The two remember celebrating Tihar together since their earliest days, or since the last 27 years to be more precise.

Giving your home a facelift

October 4, 2019 08:29 am

The biggest festivals of Nepal – Dashain and Tihar – are knocking at our doors. And as per our tradition, during this time, we take special care in cleaning as well as renovating our homes. So, why not use this time to up your décor game? Decorating a home is something you should pay special attention to because how you feel in a particular space has a lot to do with it.

Fair price outlet opened in capital

September 9, 2019 19:15 pm

KATHMANDU, Sept 9: The government has operated a fair price outlet in Kathmandu targeting major Nepali festivals including Dashain, Tihar and Chhath from Monday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: Department of Commerce, Supply and Consumer Protection is preparing to operate fair price shops from September 9 targeting the major Nepali festivals, namely Dashain, Tihar and Chhath.

KATHMANDU, May 18: Kirant Community has started celebrating Ubhauli festival in Nepal with much gusto.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: Yomari Punhi and Udhauli festivals are being observed across the country on Saturday.

Chhath bonds us all

November 13, 2018 02:00 am

Today is the third day of Chhath—the major festival celebrated in Nepal’s Tarai plains but whose popularity and fame is spreading across the country in the recent years.

KATHMANDU, Nov 7: In view of festivals--Tihar, Nepal Sambat and Chhath, security will be tightened across the market in the Kathmandu Valley, said the police.

NC to host 100,000 guests

November 1, 2018 18:13 pm

KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Main opposition Nepali Congress (NC) party is hosting a tea reception Friday on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, Deepawali, Nepal Sambat and Chhath festivals.

In photos: Tea reception hosted by NCP

October 27, 2018 18:32 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 27: Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has hosted a tea reception on Saturday in the capital on the occasion of Vijaya Dashami, Deepawali, Nepal Sambat and Chhath festivals.

DAMAULI, Oct 18: A World Omkar and Hindu General Gathering Festival has kicked off at local Byasgufa area from today, with the objective of introducing the birthplace of Ved Vyas to the world.

Mahanawami being celebrated today

October 18, 2018 06:00 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 18: Mahanawami, the ninth day of Bada Dashain, is being observed throughout the country today.

Devotees throng to goddess temples

October 17, 2018 16:00 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 17: Devotees have been thronging the goddess temples and shrines throughout the country on the occasion of the Mahaastami today, the eighth day of the 10 days long Bada Dashain festival, the biggest festival of Nepali.

KATHMANDU, Oct 16: While Dashain has been an opportunity for those living away from their families to meet them and celebrate it together, the greatest festival of Hindus has also been an opportunity for lawmakers to meet party cadres and voters in their respective constituencies.

Route permit open from today

October 10, 2018 09:38 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 10: The Department of Transport Management has opened route permit for public vehicles from today.

Teachers pad lock school

October 7, 2018 11:10 am

LAHAN, Oct 7: Teachers of the Pashupati Higher Secondary School, Lahan have padlocked their school for not being paid for a long time.

POKHARA, Oct 4: Soaring prices of essential consumable goods on the eve of the festive season has panicked consumers in Pokhara.

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BIRGUNJ, Oct 1: Security has been tightened along the border with India in view of upcoming Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

Security plan for festivals

October 1, 2018 13:07 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: The Metropolitan Police Range Kathmandu has launched a special security plan in Kathmandu Valley in view of the upcoming Dashain, Tihar and Chhath festivals.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD), Kathmandu has set up 13 help desk for passengers in different parts of Kathmandu Valley with the opening of bus tickets booking in view of the upcoming Dashain and Tihar festivals.

KATHMANDU, Sept 14: The government has announced plans to open fair price shops on the eve of festive season in various parts of the country from September 28.