Purevbaatar Tserendash carves the head of a morin khuur, also known as a horsehead fiddle, in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Purevbaatar, who has been making instruments for 10 years, says the sound of the fiddle keeps evil at bay.
Ganzaya Baatarsukh pins Khuslen Otgonbayar during a judo match in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. About 200 athletes from 24 organizations competed at the national championship, which was held in the province for the first time.
Nandin-Erdene Namkhaidogdon, 4, left, and Aminjin Otgonbaatar, 4, learn numbers from one to five at kindergarten No. 25 in Umnugovi province, Mongolia. Mongolian public schools resumed in-person learning in February, after approximately two years of pandemic restrictions.
Azbileg Khongorzul, 14, collects camel dung from a livestock yard in Zavkhan, Uvs province, Mongolia. Azbileg helps her parents prepare fuel from camel droppings while her school is closed due to coronavirus restrictions.
Myagmardorj Tserenkhuu, a food technologist, shapes dough before placing it in a wooden mold in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. During Lunar New Year celebrations, Mongolians layer these traditional pastries, kheviin boov, to create a table centerpiece.
Chinbat Gonchigjamts, right, aims a bow during a provincial tournament of Uriankhai, one of three types of traditional Mongolian archery, on a frozen river in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. In this competition, organized to promote the national sport and prepare for the Naadam festival in summer, archers judge each other’s performances.
Arumugam Selvam prepares a shrimp net for the next day’s catch in Karainagar, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Selvam, who has been fishing since he was 16, says the family business will not continue after his death since his children have left the industry.
Erdenesuvd Munkhbat teaches Oyunbat Temuulel, 6, a finger-based counting method at Mongolian Intellectual Academy in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. At the academy, children aged 4 to 10 learn to quickly add or subtract multiple numbers without a calculator.
Racers display competition numbers around camels’ necks in Dalanzadgad, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. The province, which has the highest camel population in the country, held a camel race after a two-year suspension due to the coronavirus.
Jagar Nath Shah sells pani puri, a ball-shaped snack, to schoolchildren in Jana Marg, Kathmandu, Nepal. Shah, who has sold pani puri in Kathmandu for 15 years, had to temporarily close his business and relocate to his village to farm during the coronavirus pandemic.
Nilu Bhandari grinds turmeric in Lohsal, Kathmandu, Nepal. Bhandari says she has sold more turmeric, which is widely used in Nepalese households for cooking and health benefits, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lkhagvabayar Lkhagvadorj, 15, folds felt to add to his artwork, which represents the 21 soums of Mongolia’s Khuvsgul province. With the help of his teacher and classmates, Lkhagvabayar is preparing for his first exhibition, organized by his mother.
Fashion designer Tsogzolmaa Ochirbat sews a deel, a traditional Mongolian outfit, at her studio in Erdenebulgan, Arkhangai province, Mongolia. Tsogzolmaa combines the traditional elements of deels with contemporary styles, colors and designs for her clients.
Kanesamoorthy Theeban, left, explains a technical skill to apprentice Thiyagaraja Sutharsan in Cheddikulam, Vavuniya, Sri Lanka. Theeban has operated an auto repair shop out of his home since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Revelers carry a statue of Lord Murugan during Skanda Sashti, a Hindu festival, outside a temple in Kodikamam, Jaffna, Sri Lanka. On the sixth day of the festival, devotees celebrate the deity’s victory over evil.