A cultural festival of the Thakali people in which people drink fresh blood of yaks has commenced at Boksikhola, Kobang in Mustang district.
As part of the festival, a part of the yak’s neck is pierced for the blood to gush out and tumbler placed under to collect the fresh blood.
People drink the fresh blood with a belief that drinking fresh blood of yak treats gastritis, acidity, jaundice, muscle sprain, body swelling and other bowel-related diseases as the yaks feed on valuable herbs like yarshagumba, jatamasi and panchaunle, among others, growing in the highland pasture.
The festival is organised by the Joint Yak Keepers Group with the objective of selling the fresh yak blood and meat.
People from Upper Mustang, Myagdi, Baglung, Parbat and Kaski districts have thronged Boksikhola to drink the fresh yak blood from the first day itself, said Deepa Gauchan, a local yak farmer.
The festival will continue till April 30.