Historic Announcement: Official Recognition of Nepal Bhasa(Newar) and Tamang Indigenous Languages in Nepal

May 6, 2024 (Baisakh 24, 2081) stands as a momentous day for the Indigenous Communities of Nepal, marking a significant achievement in their ongoing struggle for recognition and inclusion. Amidst a vibrant gathering in Basantapur, Kathmandu, Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal made a historic announcement regarding the provincial government's decision to use Nepali, Tamang and Nepal Bhasha (Newari language) as the languages of official business across the province. To commemorate this milestone and heighten public awareness, the provincial government of Bagmati Province has declared May 6, 2024, a public holiday. This decision not only signifies linguistic diversity but also represents a significant step towards recognizing and honoring the cultural heritage of Indigenous Peoples within the region. 

National Indigenous Women Forum (NIWF) partook in a powerful march in celebration of a monumental milestone for Indigenous Communities of Nepal. The atmosphere was charged with joy and triumph as members of various Indigenous groups, joined together in solidarity, celebrating the culmination of their tireless advocacy efforts. This day will be remembered as a beacon of progress and inclusivity, a testament to the enduring spirit and resilience of Nepal's Indigenous Communities.
The photograph below captures a vibrant moment as "Tamang Jhākris" take center stage, exuberantly performing to commemorate the historic declaration of Tamang and Nepal Bhasa as official languages alongside Nepali. Their spirited performance encapsulates the joy and significance of this linguistic milestone, reflecting the cultural richness and diversity of Nepal's Indigenous Communities.