Share Your New Year Thoughts With Kantipur:
It’s time to welcome yet another New Year: 2007. How many New Years do we Nepalis welcome in a year in Nepal, by the way? Three? Our own Bikram Sambat will have a new year in Baishak: 2064. Then there is Nepal Sambad (that renews itself every year at the time of Tihar festival). I have seen many people who have to remember their birth dates in both calendars (BS and AD). For instance, mine is date of birth is 2035.11.17 BS and 1979.03.01 AD.
We in urban areas celebrate both BS and AD new years with equal enthusiasm and joy. While doing so, we hardly give thoughts on the religious and other backgrounds of these two calendars. The world is using AD calendar while officially Nepal is practicing BS dates. Sometime I find myself doing hard math about the dates and I have to use software that converts dates form one to other.
Tomorrow is Christmas and this evening affluent part of Kathmandu is celebrating the festival by partying, drinking and discoing. These kinds of celebrations are making their presence in our lifestyles as part of just another western pop culture. For many of us, not all though, partying in Christmas Eve or in New Year Eve is just like wearing jeans, drinking colas and watching Hollywood flicks.
Anyway, how do you feel about this: Celebrating more than one New Year in a year. Kantipur daily is doing a story on this topic and seeks your views to be printed. Please drop your views (click on # right) in the next two days here (in English or in Nepali) so that the paper can quote you. Full name and address will be appreciated.– Wagle