Sonam Lhosar is a festival celebrated by the Tamang community in Nepal and other parts of the world. It falls on the first day of the Tamang New Year, which usually occurs in late January or early February, according to the lunar calendar.
The word “Lhosar” means “New Year” in the Tamang language. The festival is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the start of a new year with feasting, music, and dancing. People wear traditional Tamang clothes and perform cultural dances like Tamang Selo and Dohori.
On Sonam Lhosar, people offer prayers and thanksgiving to their deities and ancestors, seeking blessings for good health, happiness, and prosperity in the coming year. They prepare special dishes like selroti (sweet rice bread), gundruk (fermented leafy greens), and kachila (marinated raw meat) to share with family and friends.
Sonam Lhosar is an important festival for the Tamang community and is observed with great enthusiasm and reverence. It is a time to honor the past, celebrate the present, and welcome the future with hope and joy.