Nepali New Year, also known as Nepal Sambat, is a
joyous occasion celebrated in Nepal and among Nepali communities around the
world. The celebration usually takes place in mid-April, and it marks the
beginning of the Nepali calendar year.
There are many ways to celebrate Nepali New Year, and
here are some popular traditions and customs:
Cleaning and Decorating: Before the new year, people
clean and decorate their homes with flowers, colorful lights, and rangoli
designs made of colored powders. This symbolizes the arrival of a fresh start
and a new beginning.
Family Reunions: Nepali New Year is a time for
families to reunite and spend time together. People travel to their hometowns
to be with their families and celebrate the occasion together.
Exchanging Gifts: People exchange gifts with their
loved ones as a symbol of affection and goodwill. Traditional gifts include
sweets, fruits, and clothes.
Performing Puja: Many people perform puja (worship) at
home or in temples to seek blessings from the gods for the upcoming year.
Feasting: Nepali New Year is a time for feasting and
enjoying traditional food with family and friends. Some popular dishes include
sel roti (a fried bread), achar (pickles), and sweets like rasgulla and laddoo.
Cultural Performances: Cultural performances such as
dance, music, and dramas are also popular during the Nepali New Year
celebrations. People gather together to watch these performances and enjoy the
These are just a few of the many ways people celebrate
Nepali New Year. It's a time to reflect on the past year, make new resolutions,
and look forward to a fresh start.