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Baitadi District, Uganda
Friends Laxmi Bhul (left), 14, and Sabita Bhul, 13, work at a stone dig in Nepal's Baitadi district to make money for school fees and supplies. The two work from 6:30-9 a.m. and from 4:30-6 p.m. to earn 200 Nepalese rupees ($1.95) per day.
Chitwan National Park, Nepal
Elephant rides are one of the safest ways to get around Nepal's Chitwan National Park and observe wild animals up close. This site, in the south-central region, is the nation's first protected national park.
Raju Muni Bajracharya, a 42-year-old priest, paints statues of the deities White Tara and Green Tara, in a temple dedicated to Avalokiteshvara, also known as Seto Machendranath, who is worshiped by both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple is in Jan Bahal, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Once a year, the deities are cleaned and repainted, because it is believed a year is only a day for the gods.
Swayambhunath, an ancient shrine known as the “Monkey Temple,” west of Kathmandu, Nepal, is home to these monkeys, who are considered holy by Tibetan Buddhists and Hindus.
Raj Kumar (left), 16, and Mohammad Raju, 19, fluff cotton that will be used to make and repair quilts and mattresses in Mandikatar, a suburb in Kathmandu, Nepal. They perform this service door to door. For three months during the winter, the two travel from the eastern state of Bihar, India, to work in Nepal, usually earning around 20,000 Nepalese rupees (about $193) per month.
Schoolchildren play at the construction site at the Jaye Saraswati Primary School in Kathmandu, Nepal’s Kavrey district. The school was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake, and rebuilding began last year.
Jyamdi, Kavrey, Nepal
Amar Thapa, who lives in the village of Jyamdi in Kavrey district, Nepal, plays a shehnai, a popular traditional instrument in that nation, to wish candidates good luck in the parliamentary election and provincial election to be held Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, respectively. The shehnai is mainly used on auspicious occasions like weddings, religious rituals and elections, and to call villagers to public gatherings.
In the capital city of Kathmandu, contract-based police hired by Nepal’s government train for duty during the Parliament and provincial elections on Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, respectively. Government police officers held the training for the contract-based police, who will be deployed in the field during the elections.
Satti, Kailali District, Nepal
Naurata Dhungana (left), 32, and Harikala Rawal, 45, thresh rice, separating grain from stalks, by beating it against a bench. They’re working in Satti, a community in Nepal’s Kailali district, over 600 kilometers (over 400 miles) from Kathmandu, the capital. The rice, planted in July, is stored as a yearlong staple to last until the next harvest in October or November.
Hindu priest Udhav Man Karmacharya performs puja, or an act of worship, on the Taleju goddess shrine in Hanuman Dhoka, a royal palace complex in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. Once a year, the shrine is brought to the Guhyeshwari Temple for puja before it returns to the Taleju Temple in Hanuman Dhoka.
Sarita Khanal and her husband, Padam Chetri, with help from Hindu priest Baikuntha Dhakal (right), perform a puja to worship the god Vishnu for the Hindu holiday Haribodhini Ekadashi in Kathmandu, Nepal. The worship includes a fast that Hindus believe will wipe away sins committed in previous lives.
During the Chhath Puja festival on Oct. 26 in Kamal Pokhari, a neighborhood in the heart of Kathmandu, Nepal, Gita Budhathoki (center), 55, prayed to Surya, the Hindu sun god, by putting an offering of mixed flour and coloring into the Kamal Pokhari pond. This ancient Hindu festival is traditionally observed by four days of prayer and thanks to the sun god and his sister, Chhathi Maiya, to promote well-being and the development and prosperity of humankind.
Ani Chokyi (right), a female monk, recites prayers with other Buddhist monks and devotees during the chöd puja, a monthly worship gathering at the Padma Varna Mahayan Bihar, a monastery in Jyatha Bahal, an area in Patan, Nepal. The devotees use instruments like a damaru drum and a bell as they recite from the Buddhist prayer book.
Kavrey District, Nepal
Students push a scooter that got stuck on a muddy road in Nepal’s Kavrey district. In monsoon season, between June and September, unpaved roads can become muddy and trap vehicles.
Women perform Nepalese folk dances during the Teej festival, celebrated by Hindus in Nepal and India on Aug. 24. These Nepalese women also celebrated by wearing new clothes and fasting.
Bardiya District, Nepal
Laxmi Chaudhary, 20, holds her 1-year-old child while her 3-year-old child watches as she collects water in Bardiya District, Nepal. In Bardiya’s indigenous Tharu community, in the Terai plains, some family members cook food and bring it to others who work in the fields.
Performers danced in a parade during the Gaijatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital, on Aug. 8. The Hindu festival honors those who have died in the past year. The festivities coincided with this year’s Pride parade, organized by LGBT rights nonprofit Blue Diamond Society, to also memorialize recently deceased members of the LGBT community.
Gulariya, Bardiya District, Nepal
Farmers harvest paddy seeds from their land in Gulariya, a municipality in Nepal’s Bardiya district. During the off-season, the seeds are sold to farmers in the Terai lowlands, where rice is the main crop.
Bardiya District, Nepal
Shyam Yadam, 36, plows his land in the Terai area of Nepal’s Bardiya district, where most of the farmers grow rice. Planting occurs during the monsoon season, from June to September.
Bardiya District, Nepal
Farmers plant rice in the Terai lowlands of Gularia in Nepal’s Bardiya district. The crop-planting season coincides with the monsoon season, which generally occurs between June and September.
Voters in Nepal’s Mandandeupur municipality attend a celebration organized by the Nepali Congress party after its panel won the local election. In May, local elections were held for the first time in 20 years, and this was the first election for Nepal under its new constitution.
Men from South India perform a form of worship called puja at Muktinath, a holy pilgrimage site for Hindus and Buddhists in Mustang, Nepal. Devotees come to Muktinath to do different types of pujas, and these three are performing sharada, in which they chant prayers and offer water and food to their deceased family members.
Pasang Gurung, 49, uses a hand loom to weave traditional clothes and accessories for herself and her family in Mustang, a district in northwestern Nepal. Hand looms are common in Mustang villages, and some residents sell their products to foreign tourists for extra income.
Upper Mustang, Nepal
Chimmi Rinzing Gurung, 50, and his horses travel around Lo Manthang village in Upper Mustang, a region in northwestern Nepal. Gurung charges tourists 1,500 Nepalese rupees (about $15) for a round-trip horseback ride to their destination, where he tends to the horses while the tourists go sightseeing.