Ghantakarna Chaturdashi, also denoted as gathamuga chare is another local festival celebrated only by newar people. But the impact of this festival can be seen in Bhaktapur more than in other cities of Nepal. People made out a figure of a demon named ghantakarna from their locality and burned it down in between the streets, after roaming a little around. People made their children pass over the fire, in the belief that they will be protected by evil powers. It is said that ghantakarna ( a demon with bells in his ears) used to muddle the life of people. Somehow, the frogs thrive away that demon by pumping him into water. That’s why frogs are also fed on a special day after finishing the rice planting season in the newar community.There is also another belief that onward this day the number of mosquitoes will reduce. Somehow, this day also indicates the arrival of the autumn season.
- Mar 18
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