Today, the Gurung community is commemorating Tamu Lhosar by holding a variety of events across the country.
‘Lho’ means year, and ‘Sar’ means to change or new, hence the name ‘New Year’ is used. ‘Tamu’ is another term for Gurung.
The celebration is held in Kathmandu and the districts of Lamjung, Gorkha, Syangja, Manang, Kaski, and Parbat, where the Gurung community is the majority.
In ancient times, the Gurung society began numbering the 12 months of the year by the names of animals. The names for the 12 months of the year are Mouse, Cow, Tiger, Cat, Parrot, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Bird, Dog, and Deer.
The government has declared a public holiday across the country in honor of Tamu Lhosar.
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