Guest Writer: Morwenna Murray, along with Amanda's comments and pictures after
One of the most striking features of the chariot are the eyes painted on the great wooden wheels, which eerily seem to watch you. While I was admiring the chariot in the aftermath of the celebrations, many local children were using the structure as a kind of huge climbing frame. It was very peaceful and relaxing to watch the children playing on this holy chariot, partaking in a ceremony that probably hasn't changed for hundreds of years in this ancient town.
Four days later, after New Years' Day, a pole is pulled down, again in a huge tug-of-war. As the pole falls to the ground, the new years celebration, Bisket Jatra, has officially come to its end.
|This is how they do the pulling during the festival.|
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