Shahid Diwas: In Honour of the Bloodshed of the Brave

29, Jan 2023 |

The Martyrs’ Day is celebrated in honor of those who sacrificed their lives for the rights of the people or for the sovereignty of the nation.

Shahid Diwas or Martyrs Day is a celebration that is observed on the 16th of Magh or late January or early February in Nepal in the memory of martyrs of the nation.

The martyrs fought the Rana regime. So, on this day, Nepalese decorate the photographs of Martyrs with bouquets and flowers. On this day, Nepalese hold a number of events, including speeches. We honor the bravery of many known and unknown patriots who died fighting for the rights of the citizens of Nepal.

The Nepali government hosts formal events on this day to commemorate and celebrate the great Nepali Martyrs, who gave their lives in defense of our nation. The President and Prime Minister of Nepal, together with other ministries, attend such events every year. The nation and its citizens honor all the Nepali martyrs on this day.

There is a moment of silence observed in all government agencies and organizations around the country. Shukrataj Shastru, Dharma Bhakta Mathema, Dashrath Chand, and Ganga Lal Shrestha are some of the martyrs who opposed the Rana regime and were killed. Lekhnath Thapa Magar was a revolutionary in Nepal who the government of Nepal has designated as “The First Martyr of Nepal”, despite not being as well known as the aforementioned four martyrs. He was the first revolutionary leader to challenge the Rana dynasty’s dominance in Nepal, which lasted from 1846 to 1950, for the first time in history.

In addition, Nepalese organize various events from Magh 10 to Magh 16 every year to honor the Martyrs for an entire week in collaboration with Kathmandu Metropolitan City since the year 2013 B.S. Hence, the week is titled as “Martyrs Week”. The term “Martyr” refers to those eternal beings who gave their lives in order to preserve freedom and all of the associated rights.  

 Compiled By: Nikita Gautam

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