By A Staff Reporter Kathmandu, Oct. 21: Wednesday marked one year since the first solar calendar for Nepal Sambat was introduced. The calendar was developed and launched on October 20 last year by Newa activists Rukshana Kapali, Supriya Manandhar, Sanyukta Shrestha and Subhash Ram Prajapati. Kapali is a writer and activist, Manandhar is a digital artist, Shrestha is a games developer and Prajapati is an ethnomusicologist and software engineer.
In the first year of its introduction, the calendar was adopted by the non-governmental organisation Queer Youth Group, network of transgender men and women Trans Rights Collective and the Campaign for Change Nepal, informed Kapali. The solar Nepal Sambat is based on a consistent cycle of 365 days with 12 fixed months instead of lunar phases (tithis).
“This makes it more regular and appropriate for official use,” Kapali said, adding that it would also help create a perpetual calendar for Nepal Sambat (since the days and months are fixed, future calendars can be set in advance). Kapali also stressed that the solar calendar was created to complement and not replace the lunar calendar.