Busiest government offices to remain open on public holidays: Which offices? Which holidays?

File image: A queue for driving licences at the Transport Management Office in Ekantakuna.

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File image: A queue for driving licences at the Transport Management Office in Ekantakuna.

Kathmandu, March 2

The government has decided to open key government offices that remain busy almost every day on several public holidays except for Saturdays.

Officials say the government made the decision about opening the offices on holidays also as it could not shorten the public holiday list as different communities demanded holidays on different occasions, and it could not discriminate between them.

Hence, the government adopted a middle-path approach to open the busiest offices on some public holidays also, informs Mahadev Pantha, the spokesperson at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers.

So, which offices will open? On which holidays?

Here is the list:


  1. District administration offices
  2. Department of Immigration
  3. Department of Consular Services
  4. Inland Revenue Department and its subordinate offices
  5. Department of Customs and its subordinate offices
  6. Office of the Company Registrar
  7. Department of Foreign Employment
  8. Transport management offices
  9. Government hospitals
  10. Water supply offices
  11. Electricity offices
  12. Telecommunications offices

Which holidays?

  1. Buddha Jayanti/Ubhauli
  2. Janai Purnima
  3. Krishna Janmashtami
  4. Ghatasthapana
  5. Udhauli
  6. Christmas
  7. Tamu Lhosar
  8. Maghe Sankranti
  9. Sonam Lhosar
  10. Shivaratri
  11. Gyalpo Lhosar
  12. Bakra Eid/Eid al-Adha
  13. Eid al-Fitr
  14. New Year (Baishakh 1)
  15. Republic Day
  16. Democracy Day
  17. Women’s Day
  18. Prithvi Jayanti
  19. People’s War Day
  20. Gaijatra
  21. Indrajatra
  22. Rato Machhindranath Bhoto Jatra
  23. Ghodejatra

But the offices will not remain open on these public holidays

  1. Saturdays
  2. Dashain, Tihar and Chhath holidays
  3. Labour Day
  4. Phagu Purnima/Holi
  5. Constitution Day

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