Hundreds of members of Nepal’s gay community marched through Kathmandu on Tuesday, many wearing vibrant costumes and carrying rainbow flags and balloons, in an annual pride parade. The march is timed to coincide with the Hindu festival of Gai Jatra, which brings hundreds onto the streets to pay respects to those who have died in the past year. Historically Gai Jatra, which dates back to when Nepal was under royal rule, was also a chance for people to criticize the government -- with many people in colourful costumes satirizing politicians. In recent years the gay community has started using the festival to call attention to its demands for equal rights.
August 8 / Hindustan Times