The art of grieving

The Gaijatra, or ‘cow festival,’ is a week long, humor-filled observance in Nepal. According to religious scriptures the cow helps departed souls cross the cosmic ocean in their journey into the after world. People of all ages dress as cows or wear other odd costumes to commemorate those who have died during the previous 12 months. Family members of the deceased offer fruits, bread, beaten rice, curd and money to those participating in the procession, including real cows.
The festival was initiated by a king some 300 years ago to show his grieving queen, after the death of their son, that people die in everyone's family and that life should continue with happiness.

And, no, that is not James Carvillle.

photo: Gopal Chitraker/REU

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