Kathmandu: The Nepalese Army (NA) marked its Army Day organising a special function at the Army Pavilion, Tundikhel coinciding with the Mahashivaratri festival Friday.
On the occasion, President Bidya Devi Bhandari attended a wreath laying ceremony at the 'Brave Soldier’ monument at Tudinkhel and received the guard of honours. President Bhandari is the Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the NA.
Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Chief Justice Sushila Karki, Speaker of the Parliament Onsari Gharti Magar, ministers, chiefs of constitutional bodies and security agencies, high-ranking government officials and general public attended the special function.
On the occasion, a banner was displayed from a helicopter and the NA presented various parades as well as the Mahashivaratri Badhain, march-pasts, parachute jumping, a demo of air-based anti-terrorism operation and rescue and other various programmes related to the NA.
Similarly, various groups also performed different cultural processions in the event.
The army also exhibited different types of vehicles and arms and ammunition it has been using on the occasion.
A large number of people had flocked around Tundikhel to watch the special programme organised on the occasion of the Mahashivaratri and the Army Day.
The NA has been celebrating the day of Mahashivaratri as the Army Day since 1935.
This evening, NA has also been organising a concert at Tundikhel with fireworks targeting the public youths.