Republic Day commemorates the declaration of Nepal as a republic, abolishing a 240-year-old monarchy. It was on May 28, 2008, that the first Constituent Assembly meeting took place. This year, observation of Republic Day falls on Sunday, May 29, but various programs and celebrations will be held in the country on May 28, 29 and 30. The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are present in Nepal, with ministries in education and health care.