Ghodejatra, known as the festival of horses is one of the prominent and exciting festival celebrated in Kathmandu Valley. The Nepalese Army also celebrate this day as Army Day. As supreme commander of the army, the Nepalese Kings used to observe the fest. This was the first Ghodejatra which perhaps former king was watching from the television.
The Horse is taken as a symbol of power through most cultures. Power, Grace, Beauty, Strength, Freedom etc are few symbolic attribution of the Horse. In Hinduism, a white horse is believed to be the last incarnation of Vishnu. As we all know, Kings were also believed to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu.