Bagmati River Festival Inaugurated
14 June 2013, Kathmandu
Bagmati River Festival (BRF)- the festival of a 21st century kicked off on Friday with the slogan "Green Kathmandu::Clean Bagmati under the initiation of Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT). The 70 days long festival got off to a good start by releasing clean water brought from the various 11 major rivers of the country.
The festival was inaugurated at the Pashupati Arayaghat organized a special progamme with the playing of traditional Panche, Lama and Dhime Baja –the music. Many Dharma Gurus delivered the messages about the rivers and provided gloves to the volunteers for cleaning the river.
The 13th edition of Bagmati River Festival is going to be organized from June 14 to August 24 this year. The Nepal River Conservation Trust has been organising various programmes every year with an aim at creating awareness, towards restoration and preservation of the Bagmati River and promoting tourism activities along the river corridor, among others. Activities such as clean-up campaigns, heritage walk, cycle rally, film festival, eco-challenge and plantations are the main attractions of the festival.
The festival will bring people closer to the river and help them understand the problems and make them aware to conserve the rivers. The BRF provides the platform for displaying their works for the conservation of the Bagmati and its tributaries. It is also a pedestal for the people from all walks of life to show their concerns.