Bisket Jatra is a traditional New Year festival celebrated in Bhaktapur, Nepal. It falls on the first day of the Nepali month of Baishakh (April-May) and lasts for eight days. The festival is marked by the pulling of chariots and the hoisting of a ceremonial pole (lingo) at various locations in the city.
The festival has its roots in Hindu mythology and is associated with the story of a demon named Bhairav, who was defeated by the goddess Bhadrakali. The festival symbolizes the victory of good over evil and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and fervor by the people of Bhaktapur.
During Bisket Jatra, the city is decorated with colorful flags and lights, and people gather to pull large chariots carrying idols of various deities. The chariots are pulled through the streets, and people throw vermilion powder and flowers at the idols as a sign of respect and devotion.
Another important aspect of the festival is the hoisting of the lingo, a tall wooden pole that is decorated with colorful flags and symbols. The pole is erected at various locations in the city and is believed to represent the phallus of Lord Shiva.
Bisket Jatra is a time for people to come together, forget their differences, and celebrate the start of a new year with joy and enthusiasm. The festival is a unique cultural experience that showcases the rich heritage and traditions of Bhaktapur, and is a must-see for anyone visiting Nepal.