Different types of cultural festivals are celebrated in Nepal. Lhosar is one of them, and it is the New Year of the Sherpa, Tamang, Gurung, Dura, Lepcha, and Bhote communities.There are three different types of Lhosars, that is, Tola Lhosar, Sonam Lhosar, and Gyalbo Lhosar, and each Lhosar is held in a different date every year.In the Sonam Losar, the government of Nepal declares a public holiday.
Sonam Lhosar is the year of a Wood Horse. The Lhosar is celebrated by visiting monasteries and stupas where special rituals with mask dance are performed to drive away evil spirits. On the other hand, Tamang people keep their houses and surroundings clean to welcome gods and goddesses.
Pork, chicken, mutton, fish, and sweet deserts are consumed in the Sonam Lhosar.In addition to this, traditional Tamang songs are played on the Tamang Selo and the Damfu (musical instruments).Tamang Selo has transcended the boundaries of linguistic, cultural, and social limits. It is one of the popular music in Nepal.
Tamang people also wear their traditional dresses and jewelry, participate in different types of cultural events, and exchange the greetings with one another. Sonam Lhosar also brings lots of joys and happiness, as well as unifies the people other communities with Tamang communities.