KATHMANDU, FEBRUARY 11:The Chinese New Year commenced on February 10th, marking the beginning of the ‘Dragon Year.’ Nepal joined in the celebration with a month-long series of events organized in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy. Various programs took place in Kathmandu and Pokhara, incorporating elements from both Nepali and Chinese cultures.
On Saturday, a friendly football match between Nepal and China was held at Dasharath Stadium, accompanied by cultural dance and music that showcased Nepali traditions. The festivities included the performance of Chinese ‘lantern culture’ in Nepali pagoda style at Shanti Batika and numerous events in Darbar Marg and Pokhara. Chinese officials expressed their intention to boost Nepal’s tourism industry by organizing these events.
Despite the grandeur of the New Year program in Nepal, there has been limited coverage in the local media regarding the activities conducted in collaboration with China. The Chinese efforts to attract more tourists to Nepal, especially by informing Chinese and other foreigners, have faced challenges due to the confusion in Nepali media reporting.
Tourism professionals in Nepal believe that attracting Chinese tourists could significantly benefit the country’s tourism industry. Expressing regret over the indifference shown towards promotional activities aimed at developing Nepal’s tourism sector, they emphasize the need for increased awareness and support.
The Chinese New Year, recognized globally by the United Nations in December, is celebrated not only in China but also in many countries worldwide. Southeast Asian nations like Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia grant public holidays for the occasion. Additionally, the Philippines, South Korea, and Vietnam observe Lunar New Year celebrations with their unique customs.
In Suriname, South America, public holidays are granted for both the Gregorian and Lunar calendars, with around 7 percent of the population being of Chinese origin. The island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean also celebrates Chinese New Year, although only three percent of its nearly 1.3 million residents are of Chinese descent. The Lunar New Year has become a global celebration, connecting diverse cultures and communities around the world.