Gaijatra festival today

Published On: August 16, 2019 02:02 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Aug 16: Gaijatra, a traditional festival of cows, is being observed in Nepal mainly in the Kathmandu Valley with fun, humor, and much fanfare.

During the festival, people of all ages impersonating cows and lunatics go around the city, wearing odd costumes to commemorate those who died during the past year. The bereaved families offer fruits, bread, beaten rice, curd, and money to those participating in the procession including the cows. 

This festival is believed to have started during the reign of King Pratap Malla, who, in a bid to console his queen grieving over the death of her son who died due to smallpox, ordered his people to organize a program full of humor and satires with various comic postures. 


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