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Bisket Jatra begins in Tokha

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KATHMANDU — Bisket Jatra, an annual festival celebrated by the residents of Tokha in Bhaktapur, has begun today.

The four-day event that starts on the first four days of the Nepali New Year (Baisakh 1 to 4) sees a cart with god and goddess (Ganesha and Kumari) on top being pulled through the town. A wooden pole (Lingo) is erected near a Ganesh temple at Thanelachhi Chowk.

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Various deities are also worshipped throughout the festival. The festival has a historical root and begins with the motive to save local people of the area from evil spells cast by various forces during an ancient era, said Chairperson of the festival management committee Ganesh Man Shrestha.

Volunteers have been mobilised, and security has been tightened for the festival, he said. A fair has also been held in the area on the occasion.

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President extends good wishes on occasion of Maghe Sankranti

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KATHMANDU— President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended happiness, peace and prosperity to all Nepali sisters and brother at home and abroad on the occasion of the Maghi or Maghe Sankranti.

In a message issued from the Secretariat of the President, President Bhandari has expressed her confidence that this festival would strengthen social unity by promoting mutual understanding among different castes and communities of our society.

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Our festivals have contributed a lot to maintain our Nepali identity by linking geographic, cultural, ethnic and lingual diversities and such festivals have played vital role to make our country known in the global stage, President Bhandari has said in the message.

In a similar message, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun has said that such festival enhance mutual harmony, tolerance, fraternity and unity among the Nepalis and contribute to conservation and promotion of our indigenous culture.

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