Gai Jatra -Celebrating the Festival of Cows, in Kathmandu

Celebrating Gai Jatra, a festival of cows, in Kathmandu this monsoon. Gai Jatra is held every 5th month of Hindu calender, Bhadra, which brings out the best in people of Kathmandu city.

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Gai Jatra has a historical and social significance in Nepal. Mostly celebrated in Kathmandu valley by the Newar community, today, Gai Jatra is held nationwide and is marked as a public holiday.

~Origin & History~

Gai Jatra (Nepali: गाईजात्रा, & Newari: सापारु) is the festival of cows celebrated mainly in Kathmandu valley by the Newar and Tharu community. The word Gai stands for a Cow and Jatra for a festival. Held on the 5th month of Hindu calender, Bhadra (August-September), the festival is observed with joy, along with relishing the monsoon rain. This year it falls on 11 of August.

It is said. people in ancient time started worshiping Yamaraj, “The God of Death,” of Hindu mythology, on this day.

Children in costume marching along the procession during Gai Jatra in Kathmandu Children in costume marching along the procession during Gai Jatra in Kathmandu

The modern form of celebration of Gai Jatra came into existence during the time of Malla Kingdom. The present form of Gai Jatra which is performed with…

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