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Gai Jatra, Krishna Ashtami & Haritalika Teej – August Fests

Gai Jatra, Krishna Ashtami & Haritalika Teej – August Fests

There’s always a festival happening in Kathmandu every month. Colorful and spiritually profound, these festivals are community affairs and are celebrated with pomp and gaiety. If you are travelling to Kathmandu this August, don’t miss out on these grand festivals.

Gai Jatra:

August 8, 2017 at Basantapur Durbar Square

Observed in memory of dead souls, Gai Jatra is celebrated in Kathmandu. People who have lost their loved ones in the past year join a colourful parade holding pictures of the departed soul. They dress their children in funny costumes and walk through the Kathmandu Durbar Square. This festival was started by a Malla King whose queen was mourning the loss of their child. He wanted to remind her that death visits everybody. To put the smile back on his queen the king passed a royal decree where those subjects who had lost a family member in the recent year had to walk past the palace dressed in a comic attire. A reward was announced to those who could make the queen laugh. When the queen witnessed the parade, she forgot her sadness and laughed. From then on Gai Jatra is celebrated every year during the month of Shravan.

Gai Jatra Nepal

Photo Source: S Pakhrin

Krishna Ashtami:

August 14, 2017 at Krishna Temple Patan Durbar Square & all major shrines dedicated to Lord Krishna

Krishna Ashtami is the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna, an important Hindu God. Devotees all over Nepal gather at important Krishna shrines and worship the lord by singing devotional songs. At the Krishna Temple in Patan Durbar Square a special cultural program is held to mark the birth anniversary of Lord Krishna.

Krishna Birthday at Patan
Photo Source: Ujjwal Bajracharya

Haritalika Teej

August 24, Pashupatinath Temple & all shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva

Teej is celebrated by Hindu women, especially married women. The cosmic couple, Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, is worshipped. Lasting for three days, the festival sees the womenfolk decked up in red and green attires thronging the streets of Kathmandu, making their way to Lord Shiva’s holiest shrine Pashupatinath Temple. At the temple, Lord Shiva’s blessings are sought for the well-being of their husbands. They visit their maternal homes and enjoy a grand feast with singing and dancing before observing a day long fast for their husbands’ well-being.

teej at pasupati

Photo Source: Ujjwal Bajracharya

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