Loktantra Diwas- Democracy Day celebrated in Nepal
Loktantra Diwas or democracy day in Nepal is the day that commemorates the reinstatement of democracy in the country. Loktantra Diwas is a public holiday in Nepal celebrated by people around the nation annually on April 24. There are two days in Nepal celebrated as democracy day. One is "Prajatantra Diwas" which is celebrated on February 19 every year & another is "Loktantra Diwas". Prajatantra Diwas commemorates the dethrone of Rana dynasty whereas Loktantra Diwas marks the reinstatement of the National Parliament. Both democracy days have equal meaning to the citizens of Nepal as both of the days represents the acceptation of freedom & peace in the country.
After Nepal was free from Rana dynasty, there was a hope of freedom & peace among the citizens of the nation. But again in 2005 King Gyanendra Shah took complete control of the government & Kept entire Nepal under his ruling. In 2006, it was protested by Seven Party Alliance (SPA) along with the unified communist party (Maoist) of Nepal. 13 years ago King Gyanendra's regime was brought to the end followed by a national wide mass movement outbreak known as "Janaandolan II"(Peoples movement II) where more than two dozens of freedom-fighters lost their lives & thousands were injured. Then, on April 24 King called the Seven Party Alliance(SPA) & officially reelected the house of representatives. King passed on the authority to SPA to ensure the peace, prosperity & national unity of the nation. The Seven Party Alliance(SPA) accepted the reinstitution & declared Girija Prasad Koirala as the leader of the new government. Since then, the government started giving public holiday on April 24 marking the historic day of Nepal. Tomorrow it will be the 13th Democracy day celebrated by people around the nation. On the day of Prajatantra Diwas, various programmes are organized by different political parties & other civil society organization in Kathmandu & other parts of the country. We can see people in their traditional dresses taking part in the celebration of Loktantra Diwas. Loktantra Diwas is one of the important days in the history of Nepal which should be respected & celebrated by every citizen of Nepal.
The government has been giving public holiday on the day of Loktantra Diwas until last year but it was announced that there won't be any holiday tomorrow in order to decrease the number of public holidays in Nepal.