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Gai Jatra Festival | Why is Gai Jatra Celebrate?

Gai Jatra Festival

In this post, I’m going to explain about the most famous and most important festival Gai Jatra festival of Newari peoples in Nepal.

In this article, you can read about;

    • When is Gai Jatra 2020?
    • What is Gai Jatra festival?
    • How to celebrate the Gai Jatra Festival?
    • Why is Gai Jatra Celebrate?

When is Gai Jatra 2020?

The main day of GaiJatral in 2020 will be on Wednesday, August 19

What is the Gai Jatra Festival?

This is a famous Newari cultural festival in Nepal. This festival is mainly celebrated in Kathmandu Valley ( Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur districts). The word Gai Jatra is a festival of Cow. Gai means cow and Jatra means celebrations or festivals in the Nepali language. According to the history of Nepal, the ancient king Pratap Malla start this Festival to make happy to his sad queen.

This festival will celebrate for eight days starts from Bhadra Krishna Pratipada to Bhadra Krishna Ashtami in the month of Bhadra.


How to celebrate the Gai Jatra?

From the day of Bhadra Krishna Pratipada, people decore young girls as a cow and walking through the streets of Kathmandu valley to remember the death of peoples within a year. Peoples will give milk, fruits, Roti, and money to the young girls. Peoples believe that if they celebrate this festival their relatives who had died the same years will be rest in peace.

In this festival, people will do humorous acts, parody, a comedy about the current situations about the country. In this day comedians make comedy programs to present the wrong works of political leaders of Nepal.

Why is Gai Jatra Celebrate?

This festival will celebrate to remember the family member who had died during the present year. A long time ago the son of king Pratap Malla had died at a young age and the queen of Pratap Malla was very sad. So the king starts this festival to show not only they get these situations but all peoples lose their family members. After this the queen still not forget her son and the king also announce many comedy shows to make her happy and it gives some smile to her face.


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