Gai Jatra in Bhaktapur

Taha- Macha photo by Junu Shrestha

Today ( 04 August 2020 ), Gai Jatra is celebrated at Bhaktapur. Gai Jatra also known as “Sha paru” in native Newari language, where “Sha” means “cow” and “Paru” means celebration. The whole festival is celebrated for 7 days till Krishna Janmashtami on the main street of Bhaktapur.

Gai Jatra is one of the biggest festivals among the indigenous Newari communities living in the valley and is also celebrated by all the Newars living in different parts of the country in a different way.

Gai-Jatra here in Bhaktapur is celebrated in an exciting way. The festival is celebrated to commemorate the demise of the loved ones during the year. A chariot, known as Taha-macha made of bamboo decorated with flowers and colorful threads and dressed up in cloth with the picture of a dead person at the centre is carried around the old main street of Bhaktapur.

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Juju Dhau – The King of Yoghurt

Picture courtesy to Shantideva by Flickr

Picture courtesy to Shantideva by Flickr

Juju Dhau is the famous Nepalese made yoghurt found, especially, inside the Kathmandu Valley (Bhaktapur). The word “Dhau” means a sweet yogurt, which is typically prepared by the Newars, an indigenous tribe of Nepal.

Juju Dhau literally means “The King Yogurt” in Newari language. Its sweet custard, tastes like yogurt, comes from Bhaktapur, which carries a prime importance during festivals. Originated from Bhaktapur, during ancient Malla era, Juju Dhau is not only reachable in Bhaktapur but you can find them elsewhere inside the habitation of Newar community, for instance Kathmandu Valley and Patan.

Being a yogurt, a milk product, Juju Dhau is created by bacterial fermentation, which is a metabolic Continue reading