Aug 042012
 

Gaijatra, the festival of cows was observed across the country on Friday. It is the festival celebrated by Newar community in which families, who have lost their members and relatives during the year paraded the streets, especially in the Capital, disguised as cows or with actual decorated cows, in memory of the deceased.

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‘Gai’ or ‘cow’ helps departed souls cross a cosmic river called Baitarini in their journey after death, according to the religious scriptures. And according to another popular belief, King Pratap Malla initiated the festival in the 17th century to console his wife, who was in deep sorrow due to the untimely demise of her son Chakrapatendra Malla. Everyone in the country tried to make her laugh by coming out with cows and mimicry and also showed that she was not alone who have lost someone.

Another attractive feature of this festival, humorous and satirical street shows were being performed in major towns of the country. Different comical shows were organized throughout the country, with satires to the current leaders. Teams of Tito Satya, Jire Khursani and Meri Bassai are performing comedy shows at Pragya Bhawan  and will continue for a couple of weeks.

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