Happy Indra Jatra 2015 (Yenya Puni:)

Indra Jatra, Sweta Bhairav
Also called Yenyā Puni: Indra Jātrā in Nepali
Observed by Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists
Type Religious
Celebrations Chariot processions on 8, 9 and 12 September 2014 (Kwaneyā, Thaneyā and Nānichāyā)
Observances Processions, masked dances, tableau
2015 date 25 September – 2 Oct
Started by King Gunakāmadeva

Yenyā (Nepal Bhasa: येँयाः) is the biggest religious street festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Yenya means “Kathmandu festival” in Nepal Bhasa. The celebrations consist of two events. Indra Jātrā is marked by masked dances of deities and demons, displays of sacred images and tableaus in honor of the deity Indra, the king of heaven. The other event is Kumāri Jātrā, the chariot procession of the living goddess Kumari.

Family members deceased in the past year are also remembered during the festival. The main venue of the festivities is Kathmandu Durbar Square. The celebrations last for eight days from the 12th day of the bright fortnight to the 4th day of the dark fortnight of Yanlā (ञला), the eleventh month in the lunar Nepal Era calendar.

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