The Nepali Sherpa Community across the country is all set to celebrate 2147th Gyalpo Lhosar today, i.e., February 24, 2020.
Gyalpo Lhosar is the celebration of New Year that falls on Shukla Pratipada in the Nepali month of Falgun as per the lunar calendar.
The new year festival is observed for almost 2 weeks.
The main attractions include:
- Changkol, a beverage made from chhaang, is prepared on the first day
- People visit the monasteries, chant mantras and exchange gifts on the second day which is the main New Year Day
- People come together and have feasted on the third day
On this occasion, people prepare various delicacies including a special soup made from meat, wheat, rice, sweet potato, cheese, peas, green pepper, vermicelli noodles, and radish.
The festival is divided into 12 years, namely Mouse, Cow, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Bird, Dog, and Pig.
Yesterday was the end of the Pig Year and Mouse Year has started from today.
Meanwhile, President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended her best wishes of happiness, prosperity, and peace to Sherpas on the occasion of Gyalpo Lhosar.