Gunla festival is one of the major festivals of the Newar Buddhist community. It is a month-long festival. During the festival, Newar Buddhists recite scriptures, observe fast and visit places of worship playing devotional music. Devotees mark the holy month by making daily early morning pilgrimages to Swayambhu in Kathmandu and other Buddhist temples playing Gunla Bajan music. The musical bands represent various localities of the city.