Cultural Heritage Walk Program in Bhaktapur

The alleys of the Bhaktapur were filled with hundreds of people on August 5, 2023. Newari people have been residing in Bhaktapur for a long time. All the streets, potteries, temples, ponds, and chariots resemble the history and culture of Newars. To promote this heritage, the municipality organized a cultural heritage walk program in Bhaktapur. If you have attended it, the ambiance would have surely sparked goosebumps in your skin.

The cultural heritage walk program in Bhaktapur allowed all the participants to showcase their traditional attire, dazzling anklets, earrings, hakku pattasi, and various intricate ornaments. Most of the men, women, and children were wearing beautiful dresses resembling their cultural identity and showing their beauty to the world. Some other people wore the emblematic t-shirt of Bhaktapur municipality and few of the people were in modern-casual clothes.

What truly distinguished the Newari community was not just their aesthetic beauty or their cultural heritage; it was their remarkable talent and artistry. Amidst the rhythmic footsteps of people, the air was mixed with the soul-stirring melodies of Basuri (flute), the rhythmic cadence of the Dhime drum, and the entrancing notes of the Bhusya. The melodious and energetic performance while walking around the various places was truly majestic.

Purpose of Cultural Heritage Walk

People were roaming around the Krishna Temple, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Siddha Pokhari, Pottery Square, and other places holding banner of the program. Children were around enjoying the event. The reason for the cultural heritage walk program in Bhaktapur is to promote awareness of the culture, monuments, and art and increase domestic and international tourism.

Such events will help to pass the knowledge of historic places, architecture, and tradition. For instance, anyone who goes to the historical places of Bhaktapur will experience the mesmerizing wooden crafting and crave more knowledge about it. The cultural heritage walk program in Bhaktapur will gain the attention of other people who do not know about the Newari culture and help to generate interest in the variety of food, bhoj: a tradition of eating food together in a family sitting on a hay oven carpet (gundri) dress, ornaments, and many other things.

It will also help to forge the unique identity of the area. For instance, Bhaktapur is famous for JuJu Dhau (a specially made curd) serves in a vase made from pottery (mato ko kachaura). People come from various places to taste this curd and the area is famous for it. Similarly, once people know about the art, history, food, and various jatras of Bhaktapur through the cultural heritage walk program, it will flourish all over the world and increase the flow of people.

When people are aware of these things, the community will develop to preserve the culture and monuments. For instance, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To maintain it, the government will separate some budget to reconstruct and preserve the heritage. This will help to enhance the experience of the people who will visit Bhaktapur.

Additionally, it will create more employment opportunities. Cultural guides will get more jobs to guide the tourist and the tourism sector will grow. The restaurants, cafes, hotels, and lodges will increase to cater to the demand of the increasing flow of domestic and international tourists. The existing places will also expand their business. As observed, a few years ago, AaluCha, a famous place for potato dishes, expanded its outlet to make more space for customers. Many other restaurants and cafes have been established over the years. It will increase the competitiveness among the businesses and will provide the best quality and services to the customers.

Conclusion

A whole-day cultural heritage walk program in Bhaktapur gave a palpable sense of amazement and goosebumps. The dedication of people to walk the whole day is commendable and their vibrant participation added an extra layer of beauty to the event. And the people especially children also participating in the event were stunning to look at. We all should feel responsible to share the cultural value of Bhaktapur and all of Nepal to flourish our tourism sector.

So, let’s take a step to share about the culture and tradition through social media, word of mouth, and any other medium.

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