7 New Year’s Day celebration ideas, besides partying, Nepalis should consider

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The Nepali year 2078 is now gone, and the new year is rolling in. It is often said that how you start the new year sets the tone for the rest of the year. Hence, there are so many activities to do on New Year’s Day.

Bid the old year a heartfelt farewell, turn over to a blank page in your life and get to work ensuring that the Nepali New Year 2079 begins on a positive note. But, if you are lowkey and do not like partying all night long or spending money on materialistic things, here is a list of some of the greatest options.

1. Go for a hike

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Rather than getting cooped up in a crowded club on New Year’s Day, enjoy nature. If the weather permits, go for a leisurely trek in a lovely location to get some fresh air. Hiking is a great method to improve your health, fitness, or self-care, and it is a great way to start the new year. 

If you are clueless about where to go, the Shivapuri hiking trail is the most accessible for people living in the Kathmandu valley and it is only 10 km long. Other hiking routes that you can go to include Namobuddha, Nagarkot and Phulchoki. They are not too long and are perfect if you want to start your new year by doing something interesting and natural.

2. Cook with your family

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Going out to celebrate New Year’s Day can be stressful and expensive no matter how good or bad your year has been. But, there is no reason the day cannot be just as memorable by celebrating at home. There is nothing like starting the new year with your family and making delicious meals together. 

There are no ends to the dishes you can prepare with your family. Some of the more popular dishes that are easy to make and delicious are momo. You can try baking, making a homemade pizza or barbecuing with family also can be extremely exciting as well. 

3. Plan a game night

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On this New Year’s Day, there are many opportunities to connect with friends and families like organising family games. Games are not only a great way to spend time with the one you care about but also a good way to strengthen your bonds. They can be outdoor games or indoor ones, even video games. 

As long as you have a great time with them, any game works. Several indoor games are perfect for groups and games that you can play with your family. Some of them are simple board games like ludo, carrom board, or festival staples like playing cards or other multiplayer games can also be a good choice, like scrabble or jenga if you are good at it

4. Make a scrapbook of your memories

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New Year’s Day celebration does not always have to be about new activities or partying; it can also be about looking back at the fond memories you made throughout the old year. Make a scrapbook that contains all the fonds memories you made with the people you care about. 

Collect and place photos you took during the trip you went, your achievements, and the memories of times when you had a lot of fun. If you have photos of that time, keep them in the book. However the year has been, you will most likely want to remember it after years and even laugh at it. So, even if it was not your best year, compiling your happy memories will help you conclude the year on a good note.

5. Go on a trip

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The finest way to celebrate the new year is to travel. Take a lengthy vacation or visit a nearby location to relax and enjoy the new year. To unwind, stay at a hotel, or take a long drive. You may even go camping at night and gaze at those magnificent stars. 

Several places in Nepal such as Mustang or Pokhara may be perfect if you are in Kathmandu looking for a long trip with the people you care about. A long trip may require more budget and spare time, but you will not regret a single moment of it if you plan properly. But, if you are short of money, you can also go on a short trip like to Nagarkot. Other places like Chitwan, Rara, and Shey Phoksundo are also great picks.

6. Have a dinner date

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What a fantastic way to close the year and welcome the new one than with your favourite dinner at your favourite restaurant? It does not matter if it is fine dining, a pizza, or something in between; what matters is that it is a place and cuisine that you enjoy with people you love. Just remember to verify their operating hours and reserve your table ahead of time so you do not miss out on the fun.

7. Watch a movie with your family

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New Year’s Day is one of those best holidays when you can curl up in your favourite pyjamas and watch a good movie with your family. If you are feeling lazy and want to stay at home, watch a movie off your bucket list. But there is something different about watching a movie with like-minded people who are interested in the same movie. It makes the movie-watching experience a lot more interesting and you will feel a lot more productive. 

This year, there are lots of movies that you will not want to miss. You could watch these movies alone in from the comfort of your home. There are thousands of movies available online that you can watch in the comfort of your home. If you want to watch a movie at a hall, there are lots of new movies that may interest you.

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