Ghode Jatra celebrated (Photo feature)

27th Mar, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU : The annual festival of Ghode Jatra, also known as the Horse Racing Day which falls on the Nepali month of Chaitra, is being celebrated in the Kathmandu Valley with much gusto Monday.

The Nepali Army cavalry team performs different artistic stunts riding on their horses to mark the day.

The Ghode Jatra is known as the oldest festival celebrated in the country’s cultural hub of the  Kathmandu Valley.

The festival is being celebrated annually as per a mythology which relates the genesis of the festival after the death of a demon named Tundi.

Legend has it that the demon who lived on a meadow, which is now at Tundikhel, used to instigate terror among the Kathmandu denizens. After his death people rejoiced by dancing on his body by riding horses.