As of yesterday,
Thousands of Nepalis marched, danced and sang in the capital's streets to celebrate "the dawn of the republic", hours before the Himalayan nation was set to abolish its once-revered Hindu monarchy.
It has been a dramatic decline for King Gyanendra; his portrait has been wiped off banknotes and his name has disappeared from the national anthem. He has been asked to pay his own electricity bills.
The king has remained silent as it became apparent that his days as
Many Nepalis hope it will be the final chapter of a peace process ending a decade-long war that killed more than 13,000 people.
"Let's celebrate the dawn of a republic in a grand manner," one loudspeaker blared from the top of a taxi.
Demonstrators chanted "long live the republic!" and sang songs deriding the king.