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Gai Jatra is the ceremony to honor your relatives who died in the last year. You will go to heaven if you are holding a cow's tail. The umbrella shades a picture of the dead person. People dress in costumes of Gods or silly costumes, to amuse the sadder participants. There are brass marching bands, and lots of cymbals and drums if you can afford them. Incense fills the air. People along the way offer treats and milk to the parade participants. They try to make a round of all the temples to receive blessings. It is a bit different in Patan, Baktupur and Kathmandu.

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