The official calendar of Nepal is the Vikram Samvat or Bikram Sambat abbreviated as either V.S. or B.S. The general rule for converting a Gregorian date to a Nepali date is to add 56 years, 8 months and 15 days because the Nepali and Western calendars understand the year to be the same length, but the Nepali calendar started a half century earlier. The year 2011 in Los Angeles is the year 2067 in Kathmandu. Complications sometimes arise in conversions because the Western calendar uses a leap day every four years and the Vikram Samvat uses a 30 day leap month every 30 months.
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- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Western (Gregorian) calendar for the year of the birth
- Vikram Samvat calendar for the year of the birth
Convert the Gregorian birth year to the Nepali birth year by adding 56 years, 8 months and 15 days to the Gregorian date. For example, a child born on February 6, 2011 would be born in the Vikram Samvat year 2067.
Determine the number of days into the Gregorian calendar year the birth date you want to convert occurred. For example, someone born on February 6 was born 37 days into the calendar year.
Use a Vikram Samvat calendar to determine the Nepali date for January 1 of the year for the birth date you want to convert. The independent Kingdom of Nepal was heavily influenced by the British Raj so most Nepali calendars also make some reference to Gregorian dates. So, for example, January 1, 2011 was the 17th day of the month of Paush in the year 2067.
Count the number of days on the Nepali calendar to the birth date starting from the Nepali equivalent of January 1. So, for example, a child born on February 6, 2011 on the Gregorian calendar was born on Magh 23, 2067 on the Vikram Samvat calendar.
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