(Gai= cow and Jatra = festival).The festival of cows is one of the most popular festivals celebrated in the Newar community. Traditionally the family who has lost a relative during the past year participates in this festival, with a belief that the bereaved relative then rests peacefully in the heaven.Mostly the people send a cow but if cow is unavailable they send their children dressed up as cow to walk in the procession .Thousands of whimsical characters of all sorts fill the streets on this day.
Gai Jatra is also famous as the festival of humor.Comic dramas and shows are performed. Even the newspapers bring out special editions making mockery out the government on this day.It is considered important as this festival enables people to realize and accept the Truth"death is the destination of life."
Each family brings his own bamboo pole from their houses and gather together after sometime and memorize their lost relatives .
King Pratap Malla in the 18th century lost his son which led the queen to depression.Despite his efforts, he could not make the queen smile .So he announced a reward to whoever succeeds to make the queen laugh.So on the day of Gai jatra the people started making mockery out of anything possible which brought a smile on the queen's face.And since then the king ensued Gai Jatra as a festival of humor too.
The celebration in Bhaktapur is the most interesting one.Tall decorated bamboo poles, wrapped in cloth are carried around the city in memory of the dead. Here are few pictures of Gai Jatra in Bhaktapur captured by my n95 mobile.
The central zoo is located at Jawalakhel covering an area of six hectares . It includes a reasonable collection of Nepali wildlife such as rhinos, tigers, leopards, monkeys, birds, chimpanzees, etc.It has a collection of some 800 animals and 119 species. The central zoo exhibits 15 out of 38 endangered animal species of Nepal. But this data varies from time to time .
As the animals were kept within bars and wire fences,it was a bit difficult to capture them by my n95 mobile but I somehow i managed to get few pictures.I hope they will entertain you .
This sweet little angel is my niece.She is now 5 years old. She is sweet, talkative and very very naughty at times.She loves to dance and yeah imitate people.Once we all along with her went to a wedding ceremony and there she was insisting and crying like hell to get married too.She was like "no i want to marry too and put the bridals dress on." When they start insisting only god could help LOL.
Yesterday , 1 Aug 2008, occurred the total solar eclipse.According to the NASA ,the eclipse began in Canada and extended across northern Greenland, the Arctic, central Russia, Mongolia, and China. A partial eclipse was seen in northeastern North America, most of Europe and Asia.
It was said that a partial solar eclipse would be seen in Nepal too starting at 4:22 pm (NST) until 6:13 pm( about 1 hour and 51 minutes). So even I was very excited to view the eclipsed sky . I waited till the previously declared time .The sky was clear during the afternoon but later was full of clouds which hindered me to view the proper scenario .However I could see the sky darkening (unlike as usual) .I then captured those moments(though it did not look too great) in my n95 mobile.
Though I could see no signs of sun , the sky continued getting darker and darker .
- Welcome !! You have landed on my mini photo gallery. Hi it's me Bikran , a simple guy who is simply fond of shooting.And of course NOT with guns but with a CAMERA.Well I am just an amateur in Photography trying to share with you all some pictures taken by my n95 mobile through this blog .Hopefully you would like my mini effort on photography and also help me improve with your suggestive comments.Your support and love would be much appreciated. regards, Bikran