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.
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.
Ganja is illegal but still it is widely available on the festival of Shivaratri. Lots of baba and sadhu from Nepal and India visit the holy Pashupati Nath temple. and during the festival time it’s no wonder that most of them take ganga puff. Here are some picture of them with the puff of ganja.
From childhood taking Photos from camera was fun for me. I used to click with point and shoot camera, which gradually got upgrade to different types of camera in time frame. SLR was the one camera that I always wanted to have. After the digital revolution in camera, I finally got my DSLR.
Chhath is one of the biggest festival of eastern Terai of Nepal, and Bihar and Jhaarkhand state of India. The Chhath Puja is performed in order to thank Surya (Sun) for sustaining life on earth and to request the granting of certain wishes.
Since the migration of people from Terai to Kathmandu valley, now this festival is not just observed in terai. It is becoming more popular every year in kathmandu and Locals have also started to celebrate it with their friends from terai.
In Kathmandu, Rani Pokhari is main attraction place for people celebrating Chhath . The other places where is can be observed are the banks of river Bagmati around Kalmochan Ghat, Kopundole, Thapathali, Pashupati and many more places beside Bagmati river. Some picture from Rani pokhari are here.
Lakhe – A demon to protect humans is a folklore of Newari culture of Nepal. A special dance is perform every year on different occasion in Kathmandu valley and cities with Newar community. Dancer performs wearing a Lakhe costume and mask on the streets and city squares during festivals. The dance at the time of Indra Jatra is popular among people.