Gai Jatra 2009

Gai Jatra 2009 (http://www.nepalisite.com) "Satire, jokes, fancy costumes, and colorful processions are the order of the day as people recall how an eighteenth century king rallied his people to cheer his queen upon the death of their son. Those who have experienced the death of close ones during the past year share their sorrow and fake comfort in the fact that the Gai (Cow) has safely transported the departed souls on their afterlife journey. Young men wearing women's saris, children`dressed up as cows, and whimsical characters of all sorts fill the streets. Special issues of local magazines poke fun at everyone and everything - even the most important people aren't spared." (http://www.mountainleaders.com/nagpanchami-26-july-2009-11-shrawan-2066.html)