KATHMANDU: Ghode Jatra is being celebrated in Kathmandu Valley today. The festival is being celebrated annually as per mythology which relates the genesis of the festival after the death of a demon named Tundi.
Last year, the NA had postponed the traditional festival in view of the coronavirus that had gone pandemic across the world.
Ghode Jatra falls on Krishna Paksha of the Nepali month Chaitra. Nepal Army celebrates the festival with much fanfare by organizing a special program at Tundikhel in the capital.
Nepal Army has made preparation to mark the festival just in a symbolic way with a limited number of people.
Public beliefs that the demon who lived on a meadow, which is now at Tundikhel, used to unleash terror among the Kathmandu denizens, particularly children. After his death people rejoiced by dancing on his body by riding horses.
There is also a belief that the parade of horses at Tundikhel keeps the demon’s spirit away. The faster the horses run, the better Tundi’s spirit is dispelled. As per another legend, the Ghode Jatra is held to mark the start of the New Year.
The festival is celebrated on the day of Krishna Aunsi, as per the lunar calendar, which is a day before the Chaitra Shukla Pratipada and this day is taken as the start of the New Year.
The horse parade, known religiously known as Aswa Yatra, is organized to welcome the New Year. The day before Ghode Jatra is also known as Pichas Chaturdarshi, as per the lunar calendar.
On the day, the Nepali Army cavalry team performs different artistic stunts riding on their horses. The Jatra is also being marked in Lalitpur today.