Naya Barshako Shubha-Kamana 2071!

It’s New Year in Nepal today, which forms part of an 8-day festival where family and friends get together.  It’s particularly crazy in Bhaktapur, where a large chariot is assembled without the use of nails, and pulled throughout the town. Binay (one of the MBA students) insisted on being one of the many young men to pull the chariot this year.  This is a dangerous activity!  But he insists.  the following are a few photos of Bhaktapur yesterday taken by Binay, who watched rather than pulled because it was downhill pull and therefore no challenge at all.  There is another day of pulling the chariot today – fingers crossed!

Crowds of people watching the chariot being pulled

Crowds of people watching the chariot being pulled

 

The chariot itself.  It could fall apart at any moment given it is bound together with straw made into ropes!

The chariot itself. It could fall apart at any moment given it is bound together with straw made into ropes!

Once evening comes, it apparently gets a little rowdy after a days drinking and celebrating.  So the Nepal Police are at the ready for anything.

Once evening comes, it apparently gets a little rowdy after a days drinking and celebrating. So the Nepal Police are at the ready for anything.

Whilst here at SIRC, the boom box is out and the patients, carers and reduced staff as well as a few neighbourhood kids are enjoying some music and the sunshine. Happy Nepali New Year everyone! 2071

About Kate Coffey

After 25+ years in the investment management industry, I packed in my job and spent 2014 living and working in Nepal and Bangladesh, and visited some other places in between. It took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and it's people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Sanga foothills. Since 2014, I have continued my warm relationship with SIRC and worked closely with my friends there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes to date. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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2 Responses to Naya Barshako Shubha-Kamana 2071!

  1. Grace Coffey says:

    Enjoy all the celebrations – hope you last the 8 days!! gx

  2. bkmiec says:

    Wow, what a crowd! Love that Binay captured the “Namaste Cyber Café” sign in the photo (incidentally, I imagine)….
    Happy New Year, Kate!

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