Ganatantra Diwas, or Republic Day, is observed by many in Nepal even though the government rescinded its public holiday status in 2018. The holiday commemorates the establishment of a republican form of government in Nepal on 29 May, 2008.
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|2022||29 May||Sun||Ganatantra Diwas|
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|2024||29 May||Wed||Ganatantra Diwas|
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To understand the significance of Ganatantra Diwas, you have to appreciate the prior history of Nepal. From the 1700s, it was a collection of micro-states, but a monarchy was established over the whole country in 1846. This Rana dynasty continued until 1951 when a new dynasty and a constitutional monarchy were established. In 1960, however, an absolute monarchy was again established.
A tug-o-war between monarchy and republic continued for decades until an elected Nepali government took office in 1991. A civil war and economic crises then interrupted these reforms, and a republic was finally established in 2008. The monarchy was ousted, ending its 240-year existence.
Nepal’s government puts on a formal program to celebrate Republic Day each year, and there are a number of parades involving the military, police force, and others. There are musical performances, traditional shows, and a host of other local cultural events.
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|2019||29 May||Wed||Ganatantra Diwas|
|2018||29 May||Tue||Ganatantra Diwas|
|2017||29 May||Mon||Ganatantra Diwas|