Tamu Lhosar, that is, “Gurungs’ New Year,” is one of the greatest festivals of Gurung community celebrated in Nepal. This New Year falls in the Nepali month of Poush, that is, December /January. On this New Year, the government of Nepal declares public holiday for celebration of Tamu Lhosar.
Tamu Lhosar marks the beginning of the Tamu Sambat or Gurungs’ Calendar Year, and in the Tamu Lhosar, Gurung communities organize rallies in the traditional attires and perform cultural dance. They also visit the Buddhist shrines and monasteries and gather in a commonplace to take part in different processions and enjoy the feast of Sel roti (Nepali Bread) and Achaar (Nepali pickles).
In Kathmandu, Tamu Lhosar is celebrated in Tundikhel Ground, which is in the heart of a city. If you are in Kathmandu from 28 Dec to 30Dec, you will see the Tundikhel ground, decorated with dazzling lights and colorful stalls, flooding with people. On the other hand, people gather in courtyards to celebrate Lhosar in the villages.
A festival, like this, always reunites the family, friends, and neighbors, and it also gives the working people and other castes people a time to relax and to enjoy the festival without any discrimination.
Happy Tamu Lhosar 🙂
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