Tuesday, 10 January 2017
The 288 Prithvi Jayanti Day is being celebrated to honour the late King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal on Monday. The day which was earlier also celebrated as national unity day on January 11 (Poush 27th ) each year with much fanfare is mired in doubt since the country was declared a republican state following the collapse of the monarchy. The government of Nepal earlier used to declare a national holiday on the day of Prithvi Jayanti. Many formal and informal programmes used to be organised by various organisations. But in recent years the public holiday to celebrate the birthday of PN Shah and national unity day has been struck off the Nepalese calendar. There is great confusion among the people whether to celebrate the day or not. But those who believe in the occasion still celebrate the day in front of the western gate of Singha Durbar by giving homage to the late king Prithvi Narayan Shah with garlands on his statue. The government led by Girija Prasad Koirala struck off the national holiday for the celebration of the occasion.
Traveling gives us the opportunity to disconnect from our regular life. You get to forget your problems/issues for a few weeks, it can also help you figure things out that you would not have understood without the distance traveling can give you. We all have crazy schedules, work and a family to take care of, going away alone or with some friends can give you distance and perhaps even make you realize how important these people are for you. Like the saying says: we never know what we have until we lose it.
Another great benefit is the relaxation you get to do. It’s nice to live life to its fullest and enjoy a stress free time with yourself. Going on vacation lets us recharge our “batteries” by disconnecting us from our regular life. When we come back we feel invigorated and we are happy to be back in our day to day routine. It’s a very good stress remover that has a lot more to give than most people are willing to accept.
Traveling increases our knowledge and widens our perspective. To view new customs, different ways of living is fantastic for the mind. It gives us a new perspective about life and especially our life, it can help us change some of our habits or even create new ones. When I travel I usually make it a point to try new food, some cultures don’t have fries in their diet and they are all skinny, others use spices to give taste and not oils or fats. Discovering different values and ways to get by in life is really interesting. You also need to visit exotic new places and discover what this wonderful world has to offer.