Gyalbo loshar is the festival widely celebrated by huge population of Nepal especially in the Northern mountainous areas of Nepal. If you say Nepal is the land of festivals it will not be incorrect. As Nepal is rich in diversity interms of ethnicity. Different ethnic groups have their own rituals, traditions and festivals. Gyalbo Losar is celebrated as the symbol of New Year where LO holds the semantic field “year, age”; SAR holds the semantic field “new, fresh”. This Gyalpo Losar is celebrated mostly by the Sherpa, Tamang, Bhutia and Yolmo. Gyalpo Losar is celebrated in different ways by different communities in different places. Gyalpo Losar is one of the most important festivals celebrated in Nepal.
Gyalpo Losar is celebrated for almost 2 weeks but the main 3 days are celebrated with full enjoyment. On the first day, a beverage called changkol is made from the chaang (a Tibetan cousin of beer). And the second day is celebrated as the Gyalpo Losar, The main New Year Day. On the Third day, there will be the gathering of friends and family relatives and they starts to talk, dance and sing song. On this day, they feast varieties of food and drinks to friends and family members and to the relatives.
On this Gyalpo losar, Sherpa people visits to the monasteries and Chants the mantras and give gifts to the monk. And on this occasion traditional dances are shown by the Sherpa people in their community and sings a folk songs. Special dishes are cooked like Soup the most important dish which is made up of meat, wheat, rice, sweet potato, cheese, peas, green peeper, vermicelli noodles and radish. On this day, Firecrackers are fired to get rid of ill spirits and every people seems to be happy and enjoy the Losar.