One thing you perhaps don’t know about Nepal is the fact that the Nepali calendar is different than the one we use in Norway. Bikram Sambat is the name of the calendar and it is approximately 56 year, 8 months and 17 days ahead of the Gregorian calendar. This means that we are now in year 2075! (We can gladly report that there is no flying cars or robots walking around;)
The Nepalese calendar is a luni-solar calendar, which means that the relationship to the Gregorian calendar vary slightly from year to year. The calendar year starts on either the 13th or 14th of April and is divided into 12 months. The lengths of the Nepali months are not predetermined and changes from year to year, varying from 29 days to 32 days.
For us it hasn’t always been easy to adjust to the new calendar, mostly because we can’t understand the numbers of the different days (study the picture below closely), therefore we have downloaded several apps to help us. Even though we have tried to equip ourselves with some helping tools, some questions still must be repeated by us multiple times:
- When is the Nepali New Year?
- When and for how long do the festival-days last?
- Why is one month separated between October and November?
In addition to their calendar, Nepal is the only country in the world with is own time zone: The Nepal Standard time has a +45 minutes difference from the neighbouring time zone, and it is 3 hours and 45 minutes ahead of Norway. Why Nepal has 45 minutes extra is still not clear to us, but we will try to find out!