The festival of Holi has gained a lot of popularity over the years, as many have turned this holy occasion into a time for having fun. Long before the arrival of the actual day of Holi, we begin to see the younger generation throwing balloons filled with water, regardless of their religious beliefs. Even tourists have started to be a part of this festival and enthusiastically participate in this aspect of Nepali culture. Although the festival lasts about a week, playing with colored powders and water takes place for two days; one day in the Terai, and one day in the rest of the country.
Bhang ko Laddu
Bhang ko laddu is a preparation of powdered cannabis with normal laddu. It is a good blend of sweet and bitter, regarded as tasty and fulfilling. There is of course the question of it being legal. However, during Holi, it is sold to enjoy the color festival. We might suggest that you try one for the auspicious festival, but of course, make sure to take it easy and slow!
To those who have known Kathmandu for all its festivals, Ghode Jatra is not something new. To those who are exploring the valley, let us tell you it is an interesting festival. To those who are completely new, you are in for a surprise. Every year, in mid-March or early April, Kathmandu celebrates a festival of horse riding. There are horse parades in Tundikhel, a large open space in the middle of the city, along with competitions and celebrations that have changed over time. The entire program is carried out in front of politicians and heads of state. Its cultural side, however, is even more interesting.
Chaite Dashain is the second of the two Dashain festivals dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga. Unlike Bada Dashain (the big Dashain) it is celebrated only for two days during the month of Chaitra (March-April).
Patan ko Dhoka
Patan Dhoka has been a landmark to most of us in the valley. It would be an insult if you are a Patan resident and you don’t know about Patan Dhoka. However, lately, everyone has been noticing the big white Dhoka because there are artists painting the gate. These artists have been working for the past three months, and their efforts are transforming the gate into a work of art. The art that they are trying to get across is inspired by the pau:bha style art of the Astha Matrika, the mother goddess with tantric powers.