MAR1STCMC_NP is a 4-digit variable.
9997 = Don't know
9998 = Missing
9999 = NIU (not in universe)
Like MAR1STCMC (V509), MAR1STCMC_NP reports the century month code (CMC) for the date of the woman's first marriage or cohabitation. However, MAR1STCMC_NP is country-specific to Nepal, as the data are recorded using Vikram Samvat, the official calendar in Nepal. For most countries, the CMC data for the date of the woman's first marriage/cohabitation are recorded using the Gregorian calendar. The Nepali calendar is roughly 57 years ahead of the Gregorian calendar.
For detailed information on the calculation and interpretation of CMC data on the date of the woman's first marriage or cohabitation, see MAR1STCMC (V509).
Apart from universe differences, MAR1STCMC_NP is comparable across samples for Nepal.
All standard date variables in Nepal DHS samples are given in the Nepali calendar. The Nepali calendar, or Vikram Samvat, is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months of 29 to 32 days each. According to the Gregorian calendar, the Nepali calendar begins in mid-April. Because the 12 months do not match the sidereal year, correctional months are occasionally added or subtracted. It is only possible to convert dates given in Vikram Samvat to the Gregorian calendar when the exact date (day, month and year) is available. Otherwise, it is only possible to approximate to the month. Vikram Samvat is approximately 56 years, 8 months, and 15 days ahead of the Gregorian calendar.
Comparability - Standard DHS
While a standard recode variable reporting the CMC of the woman's first marriage/cohabitation is included in every phase of the DHS data, MAR1STCMC_NP is country-specific to Nepal.
- Nepal 1996: Ever-married women age 15-49.
- Nepal 2001: Ever-married women age 15-49.
- Nepal 2006: Women age 15-49 who have ever been married.
- Nepal 2011: Women age 15-49 who have ever been married or lived with a man.
- Nepal 2016: Women age 15-49 who have ever been married or lived with a man.