Sindur Jatra observed in Thimi (with photos)

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BHAKTAPUR, APR 15 – Locals of Madhyapur Thimi marked the Sindur Jatra festival in Bhaktapur on Wednesday.

The festival is celebrated every year on Baishakh 2 as part of Bisket Jatra observed by people from Newar community in Bhaktapur district. The festival welcomes the Nepali New Year and marks the arrival of spring season.  

During the festival, devotees gather and take out a procession carrying 32 chariots containing the idols of several gods and goddesses. People smear each other with sindhur (orange vermillion powder) and sing and dance to the tune of traditional music during the procession.