With the first case of local transmission of coronavirus infection in the country, the Nepali Government has extended the nationwide lockdown until April 15, 2020.
Owing to the enforced lockdown, various local festivals and melas have been canceled across the country.
According to the Kathmandu Metropolitan City-6 Ward Chairman, Dipendra Kumar Lama, the ‘Temal Jatra of Boudha’ has been postponed citing the stringent lockdown.
Every year, thousands of devotees visit the Boudha Stupa to participate in the candle lightening ceremony to honor their beloved ancestors.
Likewise, Balaju 22 Dhara Mela, a bathing fair to eradicate all evils, has also been postponed in view of indefinite lockdown.
Similarly, Jamacho Jatra has also been postponed. On this festival, people reach Jamacho Gumba, the place where Boudha meditated.
According to the organizing Committee Chairman Chandraman Lama, the devotees go in groups to reach the place as they have to cross a forest.
So far, Nepal has reported 9 coronavirus positive cases. Among them, eight cases are imported while the remaining one is a locally transmitted case.
So far, coronavirus has affected 209 countries and territories and infected 1,535,784 people while claiming 89,841 lives.
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