Namaste!  It’s another New Year.  So far, in 2017, we’ve celebrated the Western one, of course, several Tibetan Lhosars, and now comes the ‘official’ Hindu one - Vikram Samvat (Bikram Sambat).
Nepal has used several calendars over the centuries, like Nepal Sambat, which is observed by the Newar civilization of Kathmandu Valley.  That one comes in November.  It is now 1137 Nepal Sambat.  
The Vikram Samvat calendar was made the official calendar in 1902 by the Rana regime.
The Vikrama Samvat is said to have been founded by the emperor Vikramaditya of Ujjain following his victory over the Sakas in 56 BC, although it is popularly is associated with the subsequent king Chandragupta Vikramaditya. It is a lunar calendar based on ancient Hindu tradition.  The Vikram Samvat calendar is 56.7 years ahead (in count) of the solar Gregorian calendar.  In Nepal, it begins in mid-April and marks the start of the solar new year.
This calendar derives its name from king Vikramaditya of Ujjain of Paramara dynasty. After the rise of the Rana oligarchs in Nepal, Vikram Sambat came into unofficial use along with the official Shaka Sambat for quite some time. They discontinued Shaka Sambat in its 1823rd year, and replaced it with Vikram Samvat for official use since then to date. Vikram Sambat came into official use in Nepal in1902 AD. The calendar is widely in use in western India, where it is known as the Vikram Samvat.
The date is supposed to mark the victory of king Vikramaditya over the Sakas, who had invaded Ujjain.
The traditional New Year of Bikram Sambat is one of the many festivals of Nepal, marked by parties, family gatherings, the exchange of good wishes, and participation in rituals to ensure good fortune in the coming year. It occurs in mid-April each year, and coincides with the traditional new year in Assam, Bengal, Burma, Cambodia, Kerala, Kashmir, Manipur, Orissa, Punjab, Sri Lanka, Tamil Nadu and Thailand.




King Vitramaditya




celebrating in Hanuman Drokha





Happy new year 20174!!!