The Nepal Army is observing the Army Day on Tuesday with a special ceremony at the Army Pavilion Tundikhel.
For the first time, the Nepal Army will showcase its parade in the evening, breaking its tradition of an afternoon ceremony. President Dr Ram Baran Yadav, who is also the Supreme Commander-in-chief of Nepal Army, is set to attend the function as the chief guest. Vice President Paramananda Jha, Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, Ministers and representatives of foreign diplomatic corps along with other dignitaries will also participate in the programme.
According to Nepal Army, the parade will begin at 5:55 pm today by firing a salvo. The ceremony promises to be spectacular with a combination of parade, lights, fireworks and aerial shows.
The Nepal Army has been practicing for the day since weeks, and Kathmandu valley residents have been able to witness rare fireworks in the evenings this week.
The army has been marking the Maha Shivaratri festival as the Army Day every year since 1991. The formal organizational structure of present Nepal Army was established in 1763. Nepal’s military force now has 95,000 army personnel under Chief of the Army Staff Gaurav Shumsher JB Rana.