KATHMANDU, 18 July: People in different villages in Manang district celebrated a colorful and exhilarating festival called Grand Yartung to mark the return of the horses and the livestock’s from the Leks (High pastures in the mountains). The Yartung is believed to be the oldest festivals in the Himalayas, demonstrating the strength of the horses and the rider’s skills in horse riding. The festival was celebrated for four days.
“The main attraction of the festival was the horse race which was held in between Manang and Braga villages, followed by an interesting and colorful ritual in the local temples,” said Binod Gurung, a tourism industrialist.
“The winners of this year’s race were Shanker Bika with Yungdung Gurung and Karma coming second and third respectively,” added Gurung.
Every year, Yartung festival is celebrated in the month of July when the temperature is pleasant, landscape is lush green and flowers of different colors make the event a grand ceremony.