Indra Jatra, one of the highly celebrated street festival in Nepal marks beginning of the festival season and the beginning of a tourist season in Nepal. The festival is celebrated in the oldest town Basantapur Durbar Square or Hanuman Dhoka in Kathmandu by the local community with huge arrangements. The chariot of Kumari, the Living Goddess, is taken out in procession through the streets. People wear masks of various goddess and exhibit by dancing in the streets on music played with traditional musical instruments.
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The festival of Mataya is one of the most important festivals in the Newar community in Patan. A unique Buddhist festival, during when men and women in a comical attire carrying candles and torches, traditional musicians playing merry rhythms walk to almost all the temples, stupas and monasteries in and around the old city of Lalitpur.
The legend of a jewel-studded vest (Bhoto) that came into possession of a priest when no one came to claim with evidence to whom it belongs. Today, the same Bhoto is displayed ending the month-long celebration of Rato Matsyendranath Festival in Lalitpur. And it is said, Bhoto is shown every year to the public as of an announcement to claim for it.
The legend of a giant chariot festival began with the Kingdom that drought for years causing misfortune and chaos as a result of disrespect to Gorakhnath. And, how Matsyendranath through devout and prayer, guru of Gorakhnath protected the valley with rain for the harvest, pulling the chariot and celebrating the coming of Lord Karunamaya.
The Newari Culture of the 3 Kingdoms of Bhaktapur, Patan and Kathmandu are centuries old and have various elements to them. One of the most crucial elements of Newari tradition is the masked dances of various Gods and Goddesses which are celebrated differently in all parts of the valley. There history is contained only with the locals and some have already been lost to time, in today’s modern world most just cherish these events temporarily and in the moment not bothering to understand its symbolic history and importance.
When one thinks of a chariot festival in sure you're thinking of the, Indra Jatra, Bisket Jatra or Rato Matysendranth. These festivals are the biggest in each Kingdom of the then Nepal Valley, but one chariot festival when is as historic as the three is not so known of : The Chariot Festival of Aryavalokiteswara Jana Baha Dyo.
Fagun Purnima also known as Holi is a festival marking the end of winter and coming of spring and summer. Back in the days when phones and the internet didn’t exist, a ling bamboo lingo decorated with clothes of various colors (Chir) is erected a few days before the day of the festival. This tradition is still continued in Basantapur Durbar Square.
Celebrated as the day of Lord Shiva, Maha Shivaratri is one of the most important celebrations for the devotees of Lord Shiva and Hindus around the world. Maha Shivaratri falls on Mid-February or March in the Gregorian calendar. Also known as the Great Night of Lord Shiva, the biggest hub in Nepal during the night is the Pasupati-Nath Temple in Kathmandu.
Legends state on the day, Lord Shiva is said to have saved the world from annihilation. On the condition that from the day forward people worship him with great pride and enthusiasm. Other legends state how the day marks the wedding day of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Believers also know the auspicious night as the night of "Tandava", the primal dance of creation, preservation and destruction. According to Linga Purana , it is believed during Shivaratri Lord Shiva manifested himself into the form of a Linga.
Thousands of devotees, aesthetics, yogi's visit the Pashupati-Nath Temple in Kathmandu, one of the holiest shrine of the Hindus.