Gai jatra is a festival celebrated by the Newars all over Nepal, specially the cities inside Kathmandu valley and places where there is a strong presence of the Newar community. This festival is celebrated by the family to commemorate the death of their loved ones during the past year.
Different city celebrate this festival in their own unique way. The cities Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, Kirtipur and Pokhara have their own way to celebrate this festival. Continue reading »
Holi is festival of colors. Since few years the trend of celebrating the festival is changing. when I was teenager, we hardly used to see girls getting out of house and playing holi. Now a days we see lots of girls getting out of house and playing holi. May be it is a sign of freedom, independence and self confidence.
There is no doubt that Kathmandu valley is rich in culture, heritage and festivals. Everyday somewhere in the city there is some festival going on. Kathmandu is also known as the city of temples and all these temples hold one festival or another.
Chabahil is one of the old center in Kathmandu with its own history. It is near to Bouddha and Pashupatinath. Besides that, history has it that Princess Charumati, daughter of Emperor Ashoka built a Buddhist bihar here, one of the oldest bihar in town, which is known as Charumati bihar.
Every year Newar community from different places of Nepal celebrated the Nepal sambat . I haven’t got the chance to see the rally form other city but I manage to go to Basantapur at Kathmandu to observe this rally. This year I manage to capture some portraits
For the past few years, long festivals in Kathmandu valley started allocating a day just for girls. There is a special day where only girls pull the Red Macchindra Charoit. Similarly during Indra Jatra too there is one day allocated for girls to pull the chariot of Kumari, Ganesh and Bhairab.
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 .