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People in Nepal commemorate cow festival


People in Nepal commemorate cow festival

Kathmandu (Nepal), Aug 09 (ANI): The Gai Jatra or cow festival remembers those who have recently passed away and it involves children dressing up and marching in a procession. The children are also fed milk and given money as part of the festival.

On the occasion, thousands of Nepali walked in procession through the Kathmandu valley to commemorate the dead. Relatives of the ones who died in 2015 devastating earthquake also joined the procession.

The ancient tradition, which is still practised in present time, is believed to have started about 1000 years ago. These are traditionally led by a cow or by young men dressed in white with headgear depicting a cow.

This festival is also marked with the mockery on the wrong doings of the politics and other concerned groups through the means of drama, music and other means of performance. This annual festival of commemorating the dead ones falls on the first day of the waning moon on Bhadra Shukla Pratipada and is mostly observed by Newari and T

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