Gaijatra being marked today
KATHMANDU, AUG 03 -
Gai Jatra, the ‘festival of cows’ was observed amidst festivities and disguises on Friday.
Families who have lost their members and relatives during the year are parading the streets, especially in the Capital, disguised as cows or with actual decorated cows, in memoriam of the deceased.
Different comical shows have been organised throughout the country, most of them passing satires at the current leadership vacuum in the nation.
The trend of laughing and making others laugh is not a new one. The festival of humour and satire has been celebrated, especially in the capital, since the medieval period.
It is believed that the culture of celebrating Gai Jatra started when King Pratap Malla lost his son and his wife was struck dumb by the tragedy.
When the king failed to bring a smile back on the face of his beloved queen, it was decided that everyone in the country should try to make her laugh. A lot of people came and tried their best. Ultimately, some of them succeeded in making her laugh.
Posted on: 2012-08-03 08:56