Saturday Features

Starting anew

- Saurav Thapa Shrestha

Apr 14, 2018-In between the ever increasing sprawl of Kathmandu and the still-somewhat-ancient metropolis of Bhaktapur is a little town that often slips under the radar of those plying on the Arkino Highway. 

When the rest of the Valley is enveloped in revelry of the New calendar year, this little town, aptly named Madhyapur Thimi—the city that lies midway—too puts out a grand show that punches above its weight; trying to hog a bit of the limelight that otherwise remains elusive throughout the rest of the year. 

The town is currently celebrating Biskaa Jatra, one of the many spring festivals taking place in various forms around the world right now.

In this compilation, I have tried to capture the contagious energy of the locals who come together once a year as a strong collective that offers a faint glimpse into what the Valley’s celebrations used to be in days of old.

Thimi’s celebrations might easily be overshadowed by Pahan Charhe, Gahana Khojne Jatra and Bhaktapur’s Biska Jatra, but for the local community and those that trickle into the town during the festivities, it is one that pulsates well into the New Year. 

Published: 14-04-2018 08:11

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