Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) has decided to celebrate TAAN Lhosar Festival in Thamel on February 17.
Speaking at a press meet organized at TAAN Secretariat in Maligaun, TAAN officials said preparations for the festival were at the final stage.
In the past years, TAAN used to celebrate Lhosar festival by organizing ‘Lhosar Dinner Ball’ in different hotels. This year it is organizing the festival in Thamel – the tourist hotspot in Kathmandu Valley — to promote Lhosar festival as a cultural tourism product. The festival will see cultural performances of different ethnic groups like Gurungs, Tamangs and Sherpas, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala told media persons.
The program will begin with a colorful procession from Sanchayakosh Building. The procession will pass through different thoroughfares in Thamel before culminating into a formal program at Tridevi Marg.
Traditional dances like Ghatu (Gurung), Tamang (Selo) and Syabru (Sherpa) will be performed on the occasion. Ganesh Himal Tourism Development Committee will organize a special ‘Mhendo La’ Dance in Thamel. Similarly, there will be food stalls at the event venue where different communities will serve their traditional cuisines, a press release issued by TAAN states.
The program will also see various entertainment and fun-filled programs like live concert, modern dances and DJ session, among others. Renowned artistes like Roj Moktan, Reshma Sunuwar, Jyoti Magar, Himal Ghale, Mausam Gurung, Jayabir Tamang, Arambha Tamang, Mingma Sherpa, Bhimu Gurung, Sanjay Gurung and AP Sherpa are scheduled to perform at the program. The event will also see DJ sessions by renowned DJ Tenzing and DJ Vicky (London).
“By organizing the festival in Thamel, we want to press the authorities not to limit night activities in Thamel. As a tourist hotspot, Thamel should operate round the clock,” TAAN General Secretary Sagar Pandey said.
Similarly, Kul Bahadur Gurung, coordinator of the festival, said TAAN will give continuity to the festival based on response from the participants.
TAAN plans to organize the festival every year on February 17 to promote it as a cultural tourism product.