Foreign guests to join Indra Jatra for the first time
September 11, 2019 04:29 PM NPT
By: Pratik Rana
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KATHMANDU, Sept 11: A total of 48 foreign guests including five mayors from various cities of the world will participate at the ongoing Indra Jatra festival.
Amid a press conference held on Wednesday, Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mayor Bidya Sundar Shakya said that the guests from the United States, China, India Japan, Bhutan, and Bangladesh will observe Indra Jatra. This is the first time that the KMC has invited foreign guests for the festival.
"We believe that the presence of foreign guests will help to promote unique Nepali culture and tradition since we are making preparations to observe Visit Year 2020," he said.
Foreign guests will attend the concluding ceremony of Indra Jatra to be held on Friday.
President Bidya Devi Bhandari will attend the function to be organized at Bashantapur Durbar Square in the capital. Indra Jatra, which is Kathmandu Valley's longest festival, began on Tuesday.
KMC has allocated a budget of Rs 1 million for the Indra Jatra celebrations.