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Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra is the festival of cows! Gai means Holy Cow and Jatra means festival in Nepali. This festival commemorates the death of relatives during the year. It is one of the most popular festivals and is celebrated to remove the sadness of the death of family members.

It falls on the first day of the dark fortnight of Gunla according to the lunar Nepal Era calendar. This year is will occur on Wednesday, August 8, 2017.

It falls on the first day of the dark fortnight of Gunla according to the lunar Nepal Era calendar. This year is will occur on Wednesday, August 8, 2017.

In Hinduism, a cow is regarded as the most venerated among all domestic animals. It is believed that the cow, revered as a holy animal, will help the deceased relatives journey to heaven.

Gai Jatra includes songs, jokes, mockery and humor throughout the day. It is a healthy festival which enables people to accept the reality of death and prepares them for life after death. According to Hinduism, “Whatever a man does in his life is a preparation leading to a good life after death.”