Around a thousand LGBTs marched through the streets of Kathmandu on Thursday for the 4th annual Kathmandu Gaijatra Pride march to demand equality.
This year’s event’s theme was ‘Our vote counts, our representation matters,’ and began with a rainbow flag raising ceremony at Sancha Kosh Bhawan followed by a march through the streets to Shanti Bhatika where a candle light ceremony for people who had died in the last year was held. Organizers were happy with the turnout, declaring the event a ‘grand success.’
The Gai Jatra festival is a traditional festival that Nepalese LGBTs have adopted as their celebration of LGBT pride and identity and goes back hundreds of years.
‘The festival of "Gai Jatra" is one of the oldest and notable of the many festivals celebrated by the Hindus [and] Buddhists of Kathmandu Valley,’ organizers said prior to the event.