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Legend says the event originated
as a celebration  of a battle in which the people of Kathmandu conquered a bothersome demon.

Ghode Jatra

This national celebration, also called the Horse Racing Festival, takes place at the Tundikhel parade grounds, the wide green just east of old Kathmandu.

Legend says the event originated as a celebration  of a battle in which the people of Kathmandu conquered a bothersome demon.

The spirit of the demon is said to be imprisoned beneath the Tundikhel, and it is believed that the annual tramping of horses' hooves keeps the demon subdued for another year.

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Nepalese from all over the valley come to enjoy a lively day of horsemanship. Various activities are organized by the Nepalese military, including a show of weaponry, horse and motorcycle racing and gymnastic events.

The festivals is attended by His Majesty the King and by the Living Goddess Kumari, who is escorted from her home on Durbar Square by Gurkha guards in 18th century regalia.



 
 
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