Nepal Sambat 1132 being celebrated in Nepal

Updated: 2011-10-27 11:14:00

(Xinhua)

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KATHMANDU, October 27 (Xinhua) -- Nepal Sambat 1132 is being celebrated across the country amidst a variety of programs Thursday.

Nepal Sambat, a unique calendar which is named after the country is based on the lunar calendar and it is believed to have started during 880 AD when Shankhadhar Shakhwa, a local merchant from the capital Kathmandu, paid off the debts of common people on his own, thus emancipating thousands of people from serfdom.

The Nepal Sambat calendar was in use for 888 years and it was banned at the state level in 1960 Bikram Sambat year.

Different efforts were made to reinstate the Nepal Sambat calendar since the establishment of democracy in 2007.

According to the National News Agency RSS, the government declared Shankhadhar Sakhwa who propounded the Nepal Sambat calendar and made notable contribution to society and the nation as national luminary in 2055 BS (1998).

It may be noted here that a meeting of the Council of Ministers on October 25 has constituted a three-member recommendation committee to carry out a study on the Nepal Sambat calendar and other calendars in use and prepare a report on this with the objective of incorporating the Nepal Sambat calendar in the government calendar.