A woman smiles wearing a Dhaka Topi (traditional Nepali cap)

Nepal Celebrates Dhaka Topi Day on January 1: Here’s Why

Youth gather at Maitighar Mandala on the occasion of Dhaka Topi Day

While the whole world is celebrating the New Year 2019, Nepal is busy promoting Dhaka Topi Day to keep the pride and honor that it symbolizes. People of all generations have been celebrating the ‘Dhaka Topi Day’ as a prime step of preserving it the traditional Nepali Cap.

Dhaka Topi or Nepali Topi is a type of brimless cap popular all along Nepal and Nepalese. It is a part of Nepali National Dress and a symbol of Nepalese Nationality. Dhaka Topi means a cap made up of fine cotton cloth and the cloth for the first time was exported from Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. Hats off to King Mahendra for his effort to preserve the topi: Mahendra during his rule between 1955 to 1972 made it mandatory to wear Dhaka Topi for the passport size photos to be used officially.

This day has a greater significance than the other festivals, people in Terai are seen wearing dhotis whereas in hilly regions they promote the Dhaka Topi or Bhadgaule Topi. The topi not only signifies our national identity among others but it also reflects ecological importance.

On the festive season, at the wedding, and on every other occasion, the topis are seen donned by the older people as a traditional headgear. However, the true meaning of topi has been lost among the youth of today.

The Dhaka Topi symbolizes the mountain after melting of the ice. The melted ice becomes the prime requisite for the greenery and vibrant flowers in the mountainous region. Thus, the Dhaka Topi is said to represent the ecological system.