Gai Jatra being observed

KATHMANDU: Valley denizens on Thursday are celebrating Gai Jatra one of the famous Hindu festivals. This festival is marked with many dance and drama performances mainly in different places of the three districts—Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur. On this day people dress in the attire of a cow and take out a rally as a part of the tradition in the Newari community in which a rally is taken out when a family member is lost in that particular year. Actual cows are also brought out in the rally due to the belief that cows help the deceased to make their way to heaven safely. The day is celebrated with a lot of merry making to compensate for the grief of losing a loved one.