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Gaijatra Festival

In this festival teenaged boys dress up as cow parade in the streets of towns. This custom springs from the Hindu belief that the cow helps the soul of the dead ones, within the past year, to cross the river of death to heaven smoothly. Some also dress up as ascetics or fools to achieve the same objective. Groups present sketches satirizing the current political and social scene for the entertainment/information of the public. The week beginning from Janai Purnima kicks off a season of religious and cultural activities. All Buddhist monasteries open their gates for a week to visitors and prominently display their bronze sculptures and paintings. At Patan, the festival of Mataya gets observed with flocks of devotees. The Gaijatra lasts for a week, enlivened by the performance of dance and drama in different town localities. Elements of the old festival are increasingly adapted by cultural centres, newspapers and magazines, which poke fun at Nepalese social and political life. Bhaktapur is one of the significant and beautiful towns to celebrate the festival by the whole community.

All Buddhist monasteries open their gates for a week to visitors and prominently display their bronze sculptures and paintings”