14 Sept, Kathmandu: Parliamentarian Rukmani Chaudhary has demanded the government announce public holiday for Jitiya festival celebrations.

Noting that the Tharu community has been marking the ‘Jitiya Parba’ as a national festival, she called on the government to declare a public holiday to enable the community to celebrate the festival.

The Tharu community permanently residing in Kathmandu observed the festival on Wednesday by exchanging goodwill among each others.

Tharu Women Society organized a cultural programme at Nepal Academy on Wednesday to celebrate the festival.
On the occasion, Minister for Labour and Employment Dilli Bahadur Chaudhary stressed the need to promote the festival that has been marked by the indigenous Tharu community since time immemorial at national and international level. RSS