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Achham district, Nepal

A woman leaves a small room under her family home where she must live during her monthly menstruation. The tradition of chhaupadi pratha is outlawed in Nepal but still exists for many Hindu women

Photograph: Narendra Shrestha/EPA


For the Hindus of Nepal, today is Kukur Puja, the second day of the five day Tihar festival, Nepal’s version of Diwali. literally meaning “worship of dogs,” Kukur Puja is dedicated to honoring our special relationship with dogs, who are adorned in vermillion and garlands of marigold. photo credit: narendra shrestha,

A group of Nepalese and Thai Buddhist monks attend the evening prayer at Mayadevi temple, to mark Buddha’s birthday in Lumbini, Nepal, May 9, 2017. Thousand of Buddhist monks from various countries and pilgrims arrived in Lumbini to celebrate the 2561st birthday of Buddha at his birthplace in Lumbini. (Photo: Narendra Shrestha/EPA)

A picture taken with a slow shutter speed shows Nepalese devotees pulling a 32-foot giant wooden chariot during celebrations of the Rato Machhindranath or ‘rain god festival’ in Lalitpur, near Kathamandu, Nepal on May 17th 2016. The festival is celebrated ahead of monsoon season in the hope of prosperity and a good harvest for the coming year. Credit: EPA/Narendra Shrestha