Otgonchimeg Baldanjamts stands at an altar after offering money to the gods at Khamar Monastery in Sainshand, Dornogovi province, Mongolia. Some worshippers believe the monastery, founded in 1820, is the center of energy in the world.
From left, Christhobar Ajith, Mohammathu Sathaku Yasin, Ravuthar Mohammathu Pasith and Mohammathu Imthiyas Infan play carom as they wait for three-wheeler customers in a parking lot in Mannar, Sri Lanka.
Purevsuren Lhagvajav, a member of Umnugovi province’s Music and Drama Theater, performs in the musical “Blue Sun” during a rehearsal for the Saint Muse International Theater Festival in Umnugovi province, Mongolia.
Racers urge their camels toward the finish line during the Ten Thousand Camel Festival in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. More than 120 camel riders and 3,500 attendees participated in the event.
From left, Tserendulam Gantulga, 8, Delgerbayar Byambatsogt, 11, and Gegeennaran Balsanjargal, 8, play yatgas, traditional Mongolian plucked zithers, in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. The students performed for their parents after practicing for 45 days.
Munkhbat Sambuu, an employee in Arkhangai province’s urban landscaping department, stands next to a bridge at a park in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Road maintenance personnel will elevate the bridge and build dams to prevent flooding from melting ice and snow.
Algirmaa Undralsaikhan, right, observes as Nyamsuren Bayandelger measures Suvd-Erdene Otgonbayar’s eyebrows in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Nyamsuren, who teaches how to tattoo long-lasting eyebrows, doesn’t see the tattoos as a means of making money but as a way of enhancing beauty.
Sarantsetseg Enkhtuvshin, 7, right, plays checkers with Buyanbayan Enkhtuvshin, 9, left, in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. The Arkhangai 100 Shot Checkers Championship for children ages 5 to 16 was held after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
Students dance with small flags to welcome the Olympic torch at General Education School No. 2 in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. As part of a campaign to promote the Olympics and physical education, the torch was passed to all general education schools in the province.
Zayabat Khurelbaatar holds a sheep to be tested for disease in Erdenet, Orkhon province, Mongolia. Zayabat, who regularly tests his livestock, says it’s important for herders to have healthy animals to increase their numbers.
Renchi Thevaraja, left, and Jerus Jeparson dry their grain harvest on a road in Mannar, Sri Lanka. Because the grain is worth more after it’s been dried, the farmers also purchase crops from nearby farmers to dry and sell.
Buten-Itgel Rashzeveg, 2, plays with a lamb in Bayandalai, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Herders typically shelter baby animals in gers, traditional dwellings, and burn dry manure inside to keep them warm.
Devotees, some carrying milk pots on their heads, walk to Inuvil Kandaswamy Temple in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. In this town, worshippers bring milk and freshly harvested paddy to the temple to commemorate Thaipusam during a Hindu harvest festival.
Nyam-Ochir Khongorzul, 15, stands among goats in Zavkhan, Uvs province, Mongolia. Nyam-Ochir, who helps his parents tend the livestock during school vacations, says herding comes with many responsibilities.
Temuujin Bolor-Erdene, 10, makes a robot in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. eGobi, a nonprofit, has taught more than 400 children since 2017 and focuses on science, technology, engineering, art and math.
Purevsambuu Bold, center, drives a horse-drawn sled for ice festival attendees at Khuvsgul Lake in Khatgal, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. The festival, Blue Pearl 2022, which features various winter activities, marked its 20th anniversary after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus.
Arumugam Sritharan repairs a television at a customer’s home in Velanai, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sritharan, who has 10 years of experience in wiring and plumbing, says it’s a challenge to find parts for older televisions.
Sarmila Sooriyakumar draws a portrait at her home in Tirunelveli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Sooriyakumar, who earns an average of $150 a month from selling her art, says customers typically give the pencil drawings as gifts.