This Tihar sees 70% fall in sale of lights thanks to Covid-19

File: An illuminated street in Kathmandu during the Tihar/Deepawali festival, 2019.

Kathmandu, November 10

Traders say the sale of electric lights targeting Tihar, the festival of lights, has decreased by around 70 per cent this year due to the Covid-19 crisis.

Sudarshan Paudel, the president of the Federation of Electrical Entrepreneurs of Nepal, says, “We feel that the consumers are frightened about their Tihar shopping. The trade is not vibrant. The amount of imports has also decreased.”

In the past years, the entrepreneurs would experience transactions worth Rs 250 million to Rs 300 million in total. Likewise, they would import goods worth Rs 400 million to Rs 500 million targeting the festival.

However, this year, they have imported the lights and other related items worth Rs 150 million to Rs 180 million only.

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