Ghode Jatra


Ghode Jatra is the festival of Horse Racing Day. It lies in the end of March to early April month. In this day grand horse parade perform at Tundikhel,Kathmandu.By the ancient time the King of Nepal use to go to worship the Bhadrakali temple in a courtly parade f ollowing the Living Goddess Kumari.This visit is modified into the parade of horse and at last. the horse athletics and racing contest as it nowadays , held by the army in the presence of King. In ancient time this festival is celebrated in Kathmandu valley only but nowadays it is celebrated all over the Nepal.
This festival was held to celebrate the victory over a demon known as Tundi, that brought terror and destruction to the people of Kathmandu in Nepal many years ago, Tundi was to dwell permanently over the meadow, nowadays known as Tundikhel.The villagers finally took a stand against the demon on the great meadows, which are recently Tundikhel showground. In a great strength and determination, Kathmandu people overpowered and killed the demon, dancing on his body and trampling his remains with their horses. According to legend the demon still buried under the showground, and it is believe that if horses don’t trample the ground above the demon every year, his power will be restored and he will once again rise to bring vengeance and suffering to Kathmandu valley.
The Ghode Jatra festival is celebrated every year at the Tundikhel showground and There is huge amount of people gather at Tundikhel from the various places foreign visitors to observe Ghode Jatra.This is also a kind of cultural and is accompanied by music, dance and tasty food. The basic event of the festival are recently performed by horses, as the Neapalese believe that the faster sun, the quicker the demon is returned to his death and it is considered to be a good omen for the Nepalese army and visitors can look forward to a breath taking parade and spectacular graceful show by the horses and their riders. Athletic horse events such as horse racing and show jumping are always on this programme,with acrobatic performance and stunts on horseback that gets the spectators on their feet. Another performance is cultural exhibition and motorcycle events also make up part as the programmed for the day. This significant of this festival is highlighted by the large number as spectators and the presence of the Nepalese King and Queen nowadays prime Minister attends this festival.


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