Gai Jatra

Gai Jatra includes boys dressing up as cows if cow is wanting http://www.nepalhomepage.com/society/festivals/gaijatra.html July - August Hindus believe that the gates of Yamlok, the domain of Yamraj-the God of death-open only once a year,on the day of Gai Jatra. It is pertinent that after people die their departed souls reach Yamlok. The belief is that the passage to the gateway is very tough. Therefore, to ease the passage of the souls the families pray that cows are there to bring those souls to the gate of Yamlok. Symbollically in Kathmandu the families of the lost members organize cow procession either by leading decorated cows or boys decorated as cows through the streets and offer milk and sweets to the cows and the boys. http://www.angelfire.com/trek/myglorynepal/festival.htm