Nepal celebrates New Year
Nepal celebrated New Year 2071 as per Bikram Era calendar, established by Indian king Vikramaditya.
A Nepalese man decorates a chariot during Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal for the New Year celebrations. (AP)
The calendar was introduced by Nepal's Shah Kings, believed have migrated from India to Nepal during the middle age.
A devotee sings and dances to the beat of traditional instruments while celebrating the "Sindoor Jatra" near Kathmandu. (Reuters)
Bikram Era calendar is the official calendar of Nepal.
A Nepalese man, covered in vermillion powder, dances during Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur. (AP)
All government offices, private offices and educational institutions were closed to mark the Nepalese new year, which starts from mid-April.
Nepalese children throw sindoor to celebrate Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur. (AP)
People usually visit hill stations, organise parties, visit hotels and restaurants, go to picnic spots to celebrate the occasion and exchange greetings.
Nepalese men throw sindoor to celebrate Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur. (AP)
Major tourist hubs here, mainly Thamel, Durbarmarg and Hanumandhoka Durbar Square were jam-packed with tourists as well as Nepalese youths, who gathered there for celebrations.
Nepalese throw sindoor to celebrate Sindoor Jatra festival in Bhaktapur. (AP)
Devotees whose faces are smeared with vermillion powder pose for a picture while celebrating the 'Sindoor Jatra' vermillion powder festival in Thimi, near Kathmandu. (Reuters)