The greatest festival of the Sherpa community, Gyalbo Lhosar, is celebrated for 15 days from the first day of the waxing moon in the Nepali month of Fagun as per the lunar calendar.
On the first day of the festival, the Sherpas clean their houses, surroundings and settlements and decorate them with flags and festoons. They also invite their relatives to their houses and install idols of the Buddha at homes and the monasteries for special worships.
During the worship, the eminent persons of the community, including the Lamas and the community chiefs are invited at homes and monasteries to perform the worship. Feasting and celebrations follow the worships. The Buddhist monks and nuns also celebrate this festival.
On the occasion, the Swastika, and the sun and the moon are painted on the walls of the houses. People are donned in colourful new traditional attires and ornaments. New Year greetings are exchanged amidst gaiety and lavish feasting. Sherpa people also receive blessings from elders on the occasion.
Besides Nepal, this festival is also celebrated in Bhutan, China, Mongolia, Burma, Sikkim and other countries.
The custom of celebrating Lhosar in Nepal is believed to have come from neighbouring Tibet in China.
In the Chinese calendar, the New Year is given the name of animals as cat, dog, monkey, horse, tiger and ox. Lhosar are of three types- Tolha Lhosar, Sonam Lhosar and Gyalbo Lhosar.
Meanwhile, President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, Vice President Parmananda Jha and Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattari have expressed best wishes to the Nepali brothers and sisters of the Sherpa community in the country and abroad on the occasion of the 2140th Gyalo Lhosar on Tuesday.
In a message of best wishes, the President said, “I wish this festival strengthen fraternity and unity among all Nepalis and encourage us all for the protection and promotion of Nepali culture and traditions.”
Similarly in his message Vice President Jha wished for unity among all Nepalis to meet the present need of peace, prosperity and the fresh elections to the Constituent Assembly.
Likewise, Prime Minister Dr. Bhattarai, said our country is a unique example of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious and multi-cultural features.
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