Martyrs’ Day: January 29
Martyrs’ Day is a public holiday in Nepal.
Martyrs’ day is an annual public holiday celebration by the Nepalese as a way of remembering and giving honor to people who sacrificed their lives to fight for what is right for the country and its people. Specifically in memory of the four martyrs who were executed in 1941: Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand, Gangalal Shrestha, and Shukraraj Shastri.
History of Martyrs’ Day
Nepal has always been consistent in managing its strength despite the many forms of groups who always tried to threaten the government. The Kot massacre is living example of this struggle which happened before the Rana came into the ruling power on 1846.
Then the time of Bahadur, the first Rana, which contributed quite a number in the modernization of Nepal, established a power system which maintained the Rana dominion. But then, when the British turned down the new king, the commanding government was finally replaced.
During the reign of King Birendra, the unexpected happened as his son Crown Prince Dipendra shot to death his royal family members then eventually himself as well, with a shocking gunfire rampage.
Martyrs’ Day Traditions, Customs and Activities
There are over 13000 citizens who were killed during this Nepal history between 1996 and 2006. The martyrs’ of this nation were the spark that keeps the Nepalese intact together and striving for a better nation. This dark chapter of the Nepalese is one of the reason why Martyrs’ Day is being observed yearly.