SAPARU (Gai jatra) celebration


On 1st September, 2023 members of JCI Ibaraki had the privilege of immersing themselves in the rich cultural tapestry of Kirtipur, as they embarked on a visit to this ancient town. Their journey coincided with the millennia-old "Saparu" Gai Jatra Festival, a profound cultural celebration dedicated to honoring the memory of ancestors and individuals who had passed away in the preceding year. This festival bore a striking resemblance to Japan's Oban Festival, and the JCI Ibaraki delegation enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to not only observe but actively participate in the festivities. Their involvement was met with genuine warmth and excitement from the local community, as Kirtipur's residents relished the chance to interact with their Japanese guests. The presence of the Japanese delegates added a special charm to this time-honored event, making it a day of cherished memories for all involved.

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