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International Women’s Day

What’s happening in Kathmandu on the occasion of International Women’s Day:

When: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 – 11:00
Where: Alliance Française, Tripureshwor, Ganeshman Singh Path, Kathmandu

Schedule
Rally organized by the National Women Commission (11:00 Bhrikuti Mandap- Kathmandu)
Presentation of NGOs working for marginalized women at Alliance Française (11:00)
Dance performance by Kritika Campaign (14:30)

Contact Information
Durga Sob
dms@fedo.wlink.com.np

Feminist Dalit Organization (FEDO)
http://www.fedonepal.org

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Education Day

There are a number of festivals and national holidays celebrated annually in Nepal to highlight education and its importance. One such holiday is the Education Day celebrated on Falgun 12th (late February). It also commemorates the late King Birendra‘s coronation address in 1975. In his coronation address to the nation, Late King Birendra underscored the importance of education for the development of the nation. Fresh from his return from the West, where he acquired modern education, Late King Birendra declared primary education free in that speech.

Mahendra Vidya Bhushan medals are conferred to achievers in the educational field on this day by the Head of the State. Mahendra Vidya Bhushan ‘A’ Class is conferred for achieving Doctorate in various subjects from various universities at home and abroad, while students securing highest marks in Masters level are decorated with class ‘B’ and those securing highest marks in Bachelor level are presented with class ‘C’. Mahendra Vidya Bhusan medals have been given away every year since 1960.

A second annual occasion addressing education is the festival Basanta Panchami that is celebrated in Maagh of each year.

Democracy Day

Democracy Day or Rashtriya Prajatantra Diwas is celebrated every year on Falgun 7th. It is a public holiday in Nepal. This day is celebrated in Nepal to commemorate the day when Nepalese were released from the clutches of 104-year-long Rana autocracy on February 18, 1951.

The People of Nepal experienced a life full of nightmares while under the ruling power of the Ranas. The Ranas had taken away a lot of opportunities away from the people while the members of their family were enjoying the extravagance and abundance that they had from the highest office. Anomalies such as corruption, discrimination and violent behaviors have ruled the country during this period of Nepali history.

In the efforts of the people to free themselves from this kind of government, a lot of courageous souls established groups to expel the Rana government and bring back the equality and fair treatment in the whole country. It is in this crucial time that the four martyrs of Nepal were made known which inspired the citizens even more to continue what they were fighting for. The power of the people continued to become stronger and intact. And after 104 years of struggle, Nepal finally triumphed over the Ranas on 1951.

The day is observed throughout the country with a number of special programs. Each year a special program with military parade is shown by the Nepal Army at Tundikhel. A number of dignitaries like the President (the King, before the monarchy was abolished), Prime Minister, Speaker of the House attend the function. The people also celebrate this day offering prayers to give respect and honor to the heroes of Democracy. Most government organizations and independent groups hold several activities and rallies all over the country as well. Part of the tradition also is that the people illuminate their home and establishments with lights and hold fireworks displays during the night of the celebration.

Lets call for unity, consensus and co-working among political parties and Nepali people on this day!

Shahid Diwas

Shahid Diwas or Martyrs’ day is an annual public holiday celebration by the Nepalese as a way of remembering and giving honor to people who sacrificed their lives to fight for what is right for the country and its people. Specifically in memory of the four martyrs who were executed in 1941: Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand, Gangalal Shrestha, and Shukraraj Shastri. They gave their precious and youthful lives to tear down the autocratic Rana family rule. The Rana rulers felt those four youths were a great threat to their tyrannical regime. Shukra Raj Shatri and Dharma Bhakta Mathema were hanged, and Ganga Lal Shrestha and Dashrath Chand were shot for asking a little bit of human rights for Nepalese people.

Former royal regime has constructed a gate called Shahid (Martyrs’) Gate with the statues of those four martyrs at four different corners and then one level above built the statue of former King Tribhuvan.

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