The Chitwan Festival, which was postponed last year owing to COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to take place from January 9 to 18. The festival is being organized on the bank of Narayani River with a small number of stalls keeping in view of the risk of the pandemic.
This is the 13th edition of the festival, which started in 1996. The festival is held every two years. It is organized by the Chitwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry while Bharatpur Metropolis and District Coordination Committee are its co-organizers. A main organizing committee has been formed under the chairmanship of Raju Shrestha of Chitwan Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The festival will showcase 350 stalls this year, according to the organizers. In the previous festival, there used to be more than 500 stalls. This time the number of stalls has been reduced due to safety concerns of the coronavirus outbreak.
Similarly, there will be commercial stalls, agriculture promotion stalls, information and technology related stalls, Nepali handicraft expo stalls, educational stalls and stalls run by social organizations. Entrepreneurs from China, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh also will have their stalls in the festival.