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Gai Jatra Festival Of Bhaktapur

Published February 28th, 2012

For ten days the Gai Jatra Festival is celebrated all over Nepal to remember and help the people who have died within the past year to reach heaven. Bhaktapur's festival is meant to be the most colorful and lively Gai Jatra in Nepal. The stick dance procession parades through the winding, cobbled streets where each family who lost someone takes part. People standing street side, leaning out windows or occupying temples wait for the groups of boys to pass through their neighborhood banging their clubs and dancing til late evening each night.

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Beginnings

The processions starts with the elders.

  • August 18th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/10 / 1/100 sec
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Neighborhoods

Slowly, yet noisily it makes it wall through the streets and cobbled alleys of the ancient neighborhoods.

  • August 18th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 70mm / f/2.8 / 1/60 sec
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Drummer

A constant parade of noise for hours and hours makes it's way through Bhaktapur.

  • August 17th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 70mm / f/7.1 / 1/50 sec
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Chants

Its a boys only procession, each with a club in hand.

  • August 18th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 48mm / f/2.8 / 1/50 sec
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The youngest

At the end of the line the youngest are escorted to keep them in line and in time to the beat of the Gai Jatra song and dance.

  • August 17th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 70mm / f/4.5 / 1/50 sec
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The Outsiders

Some must wait til next year to join the procession.

  • August 18th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 24mm / f/2.8 / 1/15 sec
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Five In A Row

Some have had their time and just sit and enjoy the festivities pass by.

  • August 18th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 38mm / f/2.8 / 1/125 sec
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The Noise

For some the noise is too much.

  • August 18th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 70mm / f/2.8 / 1/50 sec
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Coming To An End

The procession approaches the main square filled with people and temples.

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Elders

Elders gather to sing and chant in the main square surrounded by ancient temples.

  • August 17th, 2011
  • NIKON D7000
  • 35mm / f/2.8 / 1/25 sec

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