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Gai Jatra is being celebrated

The festival of 'Gai Jatra' generally falls in the month of August - September. The festival of cows is one of the most popular festivals of Nepal and is celebrated in the Kathmandu Valley which is full of humor, satire and comedy. So, the festival has an ironical meaning and satiring on anybody is legal. This is considered for fun and it might help people to correct their ways if it is done unknowingly. As per the tradition, the family who has lost a relative during the past one year must take part in a procession by sending young boys in cow like appearance lead by a cow. In terms of historical evidences, when King Pratap Malla lost his son, the queen remained dumbstruck. The King tried to bring his wife out of the grief. Then the cow procession was brought before the grief-stricken queen. When the social injustice and other evils were highlighted and attacked mercilessly, the queen could not stop smiling. The queen laughed, and Pratap Malla, the King ensued as tradition of satires, jokes and mockery on the Gai Jatra days.


Published on 14 Aug, 2014