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Ganatantra Diwas

Ganatantra Diwas 2025 and 2026 in Nepal

Ganatantra Diwas, or Republic Day, is observed by many in Nepal even though the government rescinded its public holiday status in 2018.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.

202529 MayThuGanatantra Diwas
202629 MayFriGanatantra Diwas
Please scroll down to end of page for previous years' dates.

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.

Previous Years

202429 MayWedGanatantra Diwas
202329 MayMonGanatantra Diwas