The festival dates back to the 12th century, when residents began drowning a live goat to appease the gods that were perceived to be living in the pond after a village child drowned in it. It is held the day after one of Nepal’s most popular festivals, Gai Jatra

deopokhari-festivalThe celebration starts with the hunting down of a young goat from the village. The live goat is then taken to the sacred Deu pond, close to the Rudrayani temple, where villagers throw the goat inside the pond. Men then jump into the water and begin to slaughter the goat with their bare hands and teeth. People in the pond continue to bite and pull the goat’s lumps until it is torn apart. The one who makes the fatal move, killing the goat,is titled as the hero at the traditional dance. The festival then ends with a traditional dance, music and food.

The cultural festival of the indigenous Newari people is observed in khokana, one of the oldest settlement in the Kathmandu Valley.