National Democracy Day, also known as Rashtriya Prajatantra Diwas is celebrated in Falgun 7 every year. This day is celebrated in Nepal to memorialize the day when Nepalese were unconfined from the commands of 104 years long Rana autocracy on February 18, 1951. The four martyrs Shukraraj Shastri, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Gangalal Shrestha and Dashrath Chand have a major contribution in the ending of the cruel system.
Every year we celebrate democracy day on Falgun 7 (February 19) with the hope that the country will move towards prosperity and development. The Nepalese yearly commemorates the 19th of February as Democracy Day to reminisce all the people’s efforts that brought back good governance in the whole country.
The day is observed throughout the country with several special programs. 70th Democracy Day is being observed across the nation by organising a variety of programmes for three days (February 19-21).
The government has decided to observe the 70th National Democracy Day grandly with the ownership and involvement of the people at large. The main day will mark special function at Nepali Army Pavilion, Tundikhel at 9:00 am i.e. Falgun 7 in the presence of President Bidya Devi Bhandari. The president, vice president, prime minister, chief justice, ministers, and chiefs of constitutional bodies and security agencies, among others, will be attending the function. On the occasion, the Nepalese Army will shower flowers from a helicopter.
Most government organizations and independent groups hold several activities and rallies all over the country as well. Part of the tradition also is that the people light their home and formations with lights and hold fireworks exhibitions during the night of the celebration.
The participants also observed one-minute silence in memory of all known and unknown martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of the country and the people. The end of the Rana rule established democracy in Nepal, rule of the people, by the people and for the people!
- Swikriti Khadka