Experience the Sindoor Jatraexuberance at Madhyapur-Thimi, Bhaktapur
Madhyapur Thimi is a medieval town in the Kathmandu Valley, in the middle of three major Kathmandu Valley cities: Bhaktapur, Lalitpur and Kathmandu Located about eight kilometers east of Kathmandu, this ancient city with rich cultural and traditional values.
Commonly known as Sindur Jatra, Biska Jatra is celebrated during the start of Bikram Sambat in Madhyapur Thimi: 1st and 2nd of every Baiksak (April 14 & 15). People greet each other by throwing Simrik powder on traditional Newari Dhime music backdrop.
A tongue piercing festival was also held in Bode, Madhyapur-Thimi, Bhaktapur, as part of the celebrations for Sindur Jatra. Tongue piercing to keep the centuries-old practice alive and to usher in the new Bikram Era. According to legend, tongue-piercing represents victory over demons and evil spirits that had been haunting families, kidnapping and killing children. Biska Jatra(Bisket Jatra), one of Bhaktapur’s most colorful festivals, dates from the Lichhavi era.