Nepal Sambat 1138 celebrated (Photo feature)

24th Oct, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Sambat New Year 1138 is being celebrated across the country amidst various programs.

The people of the Newar community have been celebrating the Nepal Sambat as New Year's Day at present. The Nepal Sambat is an indigenous calendar of Nepal.

 It is believed the Nepal Sambat or calendar year was begun by Shankhadhar Sakhwa by relieving the people of Nepal off debt during the rule of Lichchhavi King Raghavdev in 880 AD.

 Recognizing the contribution of Shankhadhar Sakhwa to the country and people, the government led by then Prime Minister Krishna Prasad Bhattarai had announced Sakhwa a national luminary on November 18, 1999.