The Tamang community is celebrating 2858th Sonam Lhosar, a new year today.
The community is celebrating the year of Tiger as the year of the Cow ends from today. According to the Manju Shree calendar, Tamangs divide their year into 12 cycles; each is given a special name, before the name of animals.
The day is celebrated with fanfare by extending greetings to one another and feasting on traditional cuisines.
‘Lho’ means year and ‘Sar’ means new or fresh if translated, and the word ‘Sonam’ refers to the Tamang people in Nepal, thus the festival ‘Sonam Lhosar’ is the New Year event, according to the calendar followed by Tamang people which falls on Magh Shukla Paksha every year, according to the Lunar calendar.
The government has given a public holiday across the country on the occasion of the festival to be celebrated on Wednesday this year.