In Nepal, the New Year is celebrated with great enthusiasm and joy. People wear new clothes and eat big meals together with all family members. The celebration is also associated with religious festivity and local traditions. On New Year's Day, a big festivity popularly known as Bisket Yatra is observed in Thimi.  Thousands of people around the country gather to observe this festivity. 
      In Madison, the Nepali American Friendship Association (NAFA), celebrated New Year with similar spirit and enthusiasm. The program  was held at the Neighborhood House Community Center in Mills Street on Saturday, April 15. Over one hundred Nepalese and American friends  from Madison and surrounding communities were present at the program. The event included dinner with delicious ethnic dishes, varieties of cultural programs and Nepali Bingo.
      At the end of the program, Nepali American Friendship Association convened its annual meeting that elected three board members and a vice-president to fill vacancies.
      If you would like to learn more about the New Year celebration or the NAFA and its activities,  please visit its Web site at
http://www.nafa-online.org.
Nepali New Year in America
by Anil Sharma
    The tradition of celebrating New Year is passing of the old year, for better or worse, and embracing New Year with fresh promise.  Here's our chance to start again, to do it right this time, to have  another shot at success and happiness at just accomplishing what we resolve to. It's time to shed that baggage from the year long gone and celebrate what can be done in the 365 untouched days to come.
     New Year celebration is the tradition of all cultures, societies and nations. Different countries celebrate New Year in different times of the year with different names. In some countries, ethnic groups celebrate different  New Year in different regions. For instance in India, people celebrate at least a dozen New Years. The Chinese celebrated New Year in February, which was year 4703, Year of the Dog. In Nepal, while a few New Years are celebrated, the Bikram Sambat is common for all Nepalese people. Historians contradict each other about the origin of Bikram Sambat; it however, is certain that the King Prithibi Narayan Shah, the origin of the present dynasty and founder of united Nepal 238 years ago, endorsed Bikram Sambat to be followed all over the country.
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