Ghode Jatra being observed at Tundikhel today (Photo Feature)

Published On: March 21, 2023 05:30 PM NPT By: Prasan Gurung

KATHMANDU, March 21: Ghode Jatra, also known as Horse Racing Day, is being observed at Tundikhel in Kathmandu today. The government has granted a public holiday on the occasion within the Valley.

A special program is being organized at Tundikhel in which Nepali Army cavalry team will perform different equestrian stunts.

According to an ancient tale, a demon who lived on a meadow, which is now at Tundikhel, used to unleash terror in Kathmandu, particularly children. After his death, people rejoiced by dancing on his body and riding horses. There is also a belief that the parade of horses at Tundikhel keeps the demon’s spirit away.

The horse parade, religiously known as Aswa Yatra, is also organized to welcome the New Year.

Here are some photos exhibiting today’s grand celebration where the country’s senior dignitaries including President Ram Chandra Paudel and Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, are present to witness the ceremony.  

Here are some photos of the ceremony taken by Republica’s photojournalist Prasan Gurung.

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