The government under the leadership of Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has declared a magnificent celebration for the upcoming National Democracy Day, 2080 BS. Today’s meeting of the National Democracy Day Main Program Committee, held at Singha Durbar, outlined an array of activities spanning three days from February 18 to 20 to commemorate this significant event.
On February 18, the media has been urged to design special programs focusing on National Democracy Day, including talk shows, panel discussions, and radio dramas aimed at enhancing public awareness. Additionally, national print media houses have been requested to publish special editions and compilations showcasing the diverse dimensions of democracy.
Furthermore, the government has mandated the display of national flags of specific dimensions across all government bodies and institutions. In the evening, lights will adorn mandalas, squares, and households, adding to the festive ambiance.
February 19, the actual National Democracy Day, will witness grand celebrations, with the Nepali Army leading the ceremonial proceedings. At sunrise, the Nepali Army will sound the trumpet, followed by cannon salvoes and rifle fire at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel. A helicopter will fly over the Ring Road area, displaying a banner commemorating ‘National Democracy Day, 2024’, while also showering petals as a symbolic gesture.
The official main program will take place at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel, welcoming elected representatives, civil servants, security personnel, public body officials, community leaders, academics, and dignitaries from civil society. Moreover, a myriad of events will be organized at the provincial and district levels nationwide, ensuring widespread participation in the celebration of democracy.
As part of the festivities, blood donation camps will be set up across all districts, while educational and sports materials will be distributed to differently-abled students, underscoring inclusivity and empowerment.
The decision to commemorate National Democracy Day in such a grand manner reflects the government’s commitment to honoring democratic principles and fostering civic engagement across all sectors of society.