Ghode Jatra celebrations in Kathmandu (With Photos)

Published On: April 1, 2022 05:18 PM NPT By: Bijaya Rai

KATHMANDU, April 1: Ghode Jatra, also known as the Horse Racing Day, was celebrated in Kathmandu today. The government announced a public holiday on the occasion within the Valley.

A special program was organized at Tudikhel in which Nepali Army cavalry teams performed different equestrian stunts.

According to an ancient tale, a demon who lived on a meadow, which is now Tudikhel, used to unleash terror in Kathmandu, particularly on children. After his death, people rejoiced by dancing on his body while 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 pictures taken by Republica photojournalist Bijaya Rai:


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