Thuli Tamang, 80, washes dishes and tends to her small vegetable garden outside her home on the bank of the Bagmati River in Thapathali, Nepal. Tamang and her daughter moved to the area after her husband died. The community is made up of people squatting on government land, most of whom don’t have their own lands and have come from other parts of Nepal to find daily wage work.
Ram Kumari Kahdka (left), 75, gets a free eye exam from optometrist Dipendra Shane during an eye care camp for senior citizens at the Surkhet Eye Hospital in Birendranagar, Nepal. The event, sponsored by and conducted in the city’s Ward No. 6, gave free eye exams to 120 local senior citizens.
Mani Ram Pokherel sits with his daughter, Pabitra Pokherel, 9, and makes a basket out of bamboo in Surkhet, Nepal. He weaves each basket by hand and sells them for 400 Nepalese rupees ($3.49 USD) apiece. The money helps pay for his daughter’s school.
Friends Sawaney Buda (left), 75, and Sunakhari Budha, 77, sit in the sun and roll woolen, or yarn made by carding wool, outside their home in Birendranagar, a city in Nepal’s Surkhet District. The two women learned to knit woolen sweaters when they lived in the Jumla District, one of the coldest places in Nepal’s northern Karnali Province.
A dragon is painted on Mahesh Magar, 3, during a Makar Sakranti festival in Kathmandu, Nepal. Makar Sakranti marks the beginning of the Nepali month Magh, which signals the return of longer and warmer days. Mahesh says he always gets a dragon painted on his face during cultural festivals.
Siddhartha Gautam, 8, enjoys a ride called 3 in 1 at the Kathmandu Fun Parkin Bhrikutimandap, Kathmandu, Nepal. Siddhartha says he likes to ride 3 in 1 at least two times whenever he visits the amusement park, because it makes him feel as if he’s flying in a real airplane.
Rita Thapa (left), 9, and Puja Khadka, 10, wash up at the Shree Nepal Rastriya Higher Secondary School in Birendranagar, Nepal. Many of the government schools provide purified drinking water for students to avoid common water-related diseases.
Isha Thapa, 2, dances to a Nepalese song during a family picnic in Birendranagar, Nepal. To help introduce her to their culture, Isha’s parents dressed her in the traditional garb of the Magar, the group to which the family belongs.
Mohammad Naeeim Uddin makes a necklace with glass beads called “pote” at a shop in Indra Chowk, a market in Kathmandu, Nepal. In Hindu culture, only married women wear pote, so the beads are commonly bought during the wedding season from December to February, to be used in the ceremonies.
In front of the Annapurna Temple in Ason, a market square in Kathmandu, Nepal, Dipendra Tuladhar draws a “kalash” in an offering of grain. A kalash is a metal pot filled with water and offered to the gods. The grains thank the gods for the good harvest, as Hindus and Buddhists pray for next year’s crop.
Ravi Gupta (right) makes cotton candy from sugarcane, during a trade fair to promote agricultural and cultural tourism in Birendranagar, Nepal. The candy, which sells for 25 Nepalese rupees (22 cents), is popular at fairs. This business sells more than 300 portions per day.
Yaks graze in the Himalayan region of Manang, Nepal. Male yaks are bred for meat, which is usually dried for easy storage. Female yaks, called dri, are bred for meat and their milk, which is also used to make churpi, a traditional type of cheese.
Sukh Bahadur Gurung returns to his village, Khangsar, after delivering supplies to a hotel at the Tilicho Base Camp in Manang, Nepal. Gurung makes deliveries during the fall and spring, when trekkers visit Tilicho Lake.
A member of the Newar community in Kathmandu, Nepal, performs a Lakhe dance during the weeklong Indra Jatra festival, which celebrates Indra, the Hindu god of rain. A Lakhe is a demon in Nepalese folklore.
Horses in Namashung, a village in Nepal’s Upper Mustang region, wear cushioned saddles made from cloth with traditional Tibetan designs. Most families in this area own horses. Aside from using them for transportation, the locals hire them out to tourists.
Truck driver Ram Tamang (center) and his colleagues attempt to free a truck stuck in the Kagbeni Khola, a river in the Kagbeni village in Upper Mustang, Nepal. Water levels rose after the rains of the summer monsoon season.
Rinzen Tsecho (left) and Kumari Roka Magar separate seeds from locally grown apricots in Tangbe, a village in Upper Mustang, Nepal. They give the fruit to their cattle and make cooking oil from the seeds.
Buddhist devotees practice kora, the tradition of walking around a stupa, or shrine, while chanting prayers and using prayer beads, at the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. The Buddhists who come to the stupa usually participate in kora in the morning or evening.
Gopinath Dhungana puts tika on the forehead of Manisha Waiba during Janai Purnima, a Hindu festival in Bagbazar, a neighborhood of Kathmandu, Nepal. Tika, made from red powder mixed with water and rice, is applied during puja, or Hindu worship. During Janai Purnima, worshippers also receive janai, a sacred thread worn around the wrist.
Ram Chandra Neupane catches rainbow trout from the holding tank at Rainbow Trout restaurant in Budhanilkantha, Nepal. The restaurant sells 20 to 22 kilograms (44 to 48.5 pounds) of rainbow trout on Saturdays and 2 to 7 kilograms (4 to 15 pounds) on weekdays.