Followers of the Hindu and Buddhist religions may have many differences but they come together as one to celebrate the festival of Indra Jatra in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu each year.
Taking place from the September 25th to October 2nd, the festival is as much a celebration of classical dances as a religious event, with elaborate costumes and masks representing all manner of gods and demons.
Named after the Lord Jatra, believed to be the king of heaven and god of rain, the festival is a complex mixture of ritual, folklore and myth, deeply rooted in the traditions of both faiths.
The dancing takes place at Dubar Square in the centre of the city and is a parade of colour, energy and music.
Key features of the celebration include a large pole (called ”yosin”) being erected outside the ancient Royal Palace to appease the rain god, before both Buddhist and Hindu mythologies are invoked in a number of parades and symbolic ceremonies.
Earlier this month Nepal Fair 2008 came to London, highlighting Nepalese culture and creating awareness of the country and its people.
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