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Gai Jatra Festival 2023 in Nepal

The festival to commemorate the deaths of people throughout the year, is a picturesque one and unique to Kathmandu Valley and its Newar and Tharu communities

Dates: September 1, 2023

Gai Jatra Festival
Gai Jatra Festival
Gai Jatra Festival

Commemoration of death in Nepal might raise some eyebrows, but it definitely is a unique way to organize an event. It used to be that those who lost their loved ones would disguise as cows and dance around the palace of the king. Nowadays, they just put on the cow masks and dance while singing traditional songs. There is also a major food distribution and people share and march the cows around the streets.

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