KATHMANDU: Experts have opined that calendars (Sambat) would be vital for the implementation of ethnic identity-based federalism in the country.
Speaking at a symposium on 'Cultural Importance of Social Traditions and Writing System of Prevalent Calendars being Practiced in Nepal' organised by the Social Science Department of the Nepal Academy and Yalambar Foundation, the speakers said that federal system would be important for the development of new structures.
During the programme, Chancellor of Nepal Academy Bairagi Kainla said calendar was also a factor of ethnic identity adding that all calendars being practiced in Nepal should be stated in the schedule of the new constitution.
Chancellor Kainla stressed on preparing Calendar of Kirant Yele Sambat by taking experiences of all Sambats being practiced in the country.
Chairman of Nepal Panchanga Determination Committee Prof. Dr Madhav Bhattarai said Anno Domini (AD) could not be made national Sambat at any cost but hinted that other Sambats exercised in the country can be brought into practice after doing homework.
Chairman of Yalambar Foundation Bikram Subba said that stakeholders should be serious as main foundation of Yele Sambat was calendar though the Yele Sambat was established longtime ago.