Since the earthquake, every Nepali tried to forget the pain we got from that natural disaster and celebrate every festival with same energy with friends and family. This year every one tried to welcome the new year with new hope and big dreams. Every one participated in the festival to welcome the new year. Here are some picture from the sindoore jatra or Bisket jatra from Thimi .
A unique way of celebrating new year, which starts 4 days before the Nepali New year. Its a festival where there is rivalry between people participating to pull the chariot upward or downward the Taumadi square at Bhaktapur.
Nepal is still in pain as it tries to heal the wounds after the devastating earthquake. Amidst the aftershocks, there are old houses which are standing with support in the aisle of Kathmandu. Indra Jatra is a festival which is celebrated by pulling the chariot of lord Ganesh, Bhairav and Kumari in these aisle.
We observe the festival of Red Macchindra Nath at Patan during the month of April every year. Every 12 years, the chariot of the god of Macchindra is pulled down to the city from Bungamati, a nearby town.
This year the festival was interrupted due to the massive April earthquake. The procession started a few days ago and yesterday was one of the most interesting part of this 12 years festival.
Gai Jatra is the festival to commemorate the death of the people during the year. The festival mostly is celebrated by the Newar community. It is one of the biggest festival of Kathmandu valley. All the three major cities of Kathmandu have it’s own way of celebrating this festival. This year I went to Bhaktapur to see the festival, it’s a different than the one I have been used to see at Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu.
As the monsoon arrives, most of the farmers get bussy for the preparation for the roopai (rice plantation). In Nepal Ashar 15 is celebrated as the day for rice plantation, it is also popularly known as dahi chiura khane din (yogurt and beaten rice eating day).
The fun part of this festival is that all family members and neighbors get together to help in the plantation of rice for each other’s fields. It shows the unity among the people and how they help each other’s is good and bad times.
It’s been 4 years that I have not observed the festival of Holi at Kathmandu. Heard that since last year the trend of Holi has changed. So this year I could not stop myself from taking out my camera and take a walk around the city.
As I went to Basantapur, it was a different scenario. I have never seen such a crowd gathering at the durbar square to celebrate Holi. Live music, DJ’s, colors and water what else people need to celebrate this festival of colors.