Today is Ghode Jatra 2079, which is observed in the Kathmandu Valley. According to legend, which describes the festival’s origins following the killing of a demon named Tundi, it is observed yearly.
Ghode Jatra 2079 in Nepal today
On Krishna Paksha of the Nepalese month Chaitra, Ghode Jatra occurs. The Nepal Army organizes a unique event at Tundikhel in the capital to mark the occasion with great grandeur.
Popular perceptions hold that the monster that inhabited the meadow that is currently at Tundikhel formerly terrorized the residents of Kathmandu, especially young children. Upon his passing, people danced over his body while riding horses in celebration.
Another popular myth holds that the demon’s spirit is kept at bay by the Tundikhel horse procession. The more quickly the horses move, the more effectively Tundi’s ghost is banished. The Ghode Jatra is celebrated to commemorate the beginning of the New Year, according to another account.
According to the lunar calendar, the festival is observed on the day of Krishna Aunsi, which is the day before Chaitra Shukla Pratipada and is regarded as the beginning of the New Year.
To ring in the New Year, a horse procession known as the Aswa Yatra is conducted. According to the lunar calendar, the day preceding Ghode Jatra is also referred to as Pichas Chaturdarshi.
The Nepali Army Cavalry squad performs several creative feats on horses that day. Nowadays, the Jatra is also observed in Lalitpur.