Priests and devotees worship and pray at the Pashupatinath Temple, one of Hinduism’s holiest sites, in Kathmandu, Nepal. Worship takes place at 6 p.m. every day, and includes singing, playing classical instruments, chanting Vedic mantras, ringing bells, burning incense and lighting oil lamps.
Workers rebuild Durbar Square in the ancient Nepalese city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The reconstruction effort began in February, nearly two years after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal in April 2015. Representatives from the Bhaktapur Municipality’s heritage department blame political instability for the delay.
Protesters gathered in front of the Kathmandu office of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission on Wednesday to demand justice for people who suffered human rights abuses during Nepal’s 10-year civil war. The commission, created in 2014 for a two-year term, was in February extended for another year, but people who experienced human rights abuses worry the war criminals will never be called to account for their actions. Sabitri Shrestha, pictured, says a Maoist soldier killed her 32-year-old brother in 1998. When another brother reported that death, he, too, was shot dead in front of his young daughter, Rachana Shrestha, who later committed suicide when she was just 12 years old. Read more Global Press coverage on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission here.
People crowd around to get “thui,” the Tibetan word for blessed water, during the 15-day celebration of the Tibetan New Year, called the Gyalpo Losar, at the Boudhanath, a stupa, or shrine, in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. The new year began on Feb. 27.
Protesters, led by the United Democratic Madhesi Front, fill a street in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, on March 9. The protest arose after police killed four people at a March 6 pro-election rally in the country’s Saptari region that was disrupted by Madhesi activists. The Madhesi group, which led protests in 2015 and 2016 that blocked Nepal’s border with India, is calling for a nationwide strike on March 10 in response to the killings. The group is also demanding that the government cancel local elections scheduled for May 14 until the constitution is rewritten to provide additional government representation for the Madhesi area that lies along Nepal’s southern border with India.
Buddhist priest Dipendra Bajracharya conducts an annual puja, or religious ceremony, in December, in front of the Buddhist stupa at the Lakhatirtha area in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital. This puja is commemorating the stupa, a Sanskrit term for a shrine, which are seen as Buddhist symbols of enlightenment.
Members of the Gurung community of Nepal celebrate Tamu Losar, their New Year, in Tundikhel, a parade ground close to the center of Kathmandu, the capital city. The late-December holiday was marked by dance, food and other activities in the Gurung tradition.
Prayer flags are on display at Pharping, a Buddhist pilgrimage site located just south of Kathmandu, Nepals’ capital city. The man shown is among the people who earn money by hanging prayer flags for pilgrims. There is no fixed price, but the flag hangers work to earn all they can.
People stop to look at a display erected in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, in November to celebrate the birthday of Bhairav, a Hindu god believed to be the incarnation of Shiva. Bhairav is considered to be a god of destruction. Eggs, peanuts, beans and other food are displayed with a fish, which is associated with tales of Bhairav, including one in which he takes the form of Matsyendra, a fish god. This display is erected each year in Indrachowk, one of Kathmandu’s market areas.
Babu Lal Buddha, a Buddhist monk, stands in front of a temple in Basantapur Durbar Square in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, atop bricks that toppled during a major earthquake in April 2015. The square contains Hindu temples and historic landmarks, but nothing of Buddhist significance. The monk, who came to Nepal on a pilgrimage from India, stands in a posture of meditation and visitors to the square often photograph him and place money in his bowl, which funds his pilgrimage.
Young people gather around a wooden swing for a chance to climb on during Dashain festival, one of the most important Hindu holidays celebrated in Nepal. The swing, known locally as a ping, is a popular form of entertainment during the festival. This one was erected in a park in Pokhara, a city west of Kathmandu, the capital city.
Keshab Tailor, 23, is the village tailor in Basuling, in Nepal’s rural Baitadi district. The men in his family have been tailors dating back generations. Cash is scarce in this rural region, so people pay Tailor in food, including wheat, maize and lentils.
Women prepare a puja, an act of worship, to the setting sun during Chhath, a four-day Hindu festival celebrated in parts of Nepal and India. The women are in the Ranipokhari area of Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, the location of a temple to Shiva, a Hindu god.
Dambar Tailor, 50, carries his sick grandson, Bikash Tailor, 12 on a path that leads from their village of Basuling in Nepal’s extreme western edge. There is no health clinic in Basuling, and no road for vehicles to reach it. Tailor, with Bikash on his back, walks for two hours to the nearest road, where the pair will board a bus to Baitadi, a larger town, to get medical help.
Women dance to Nepali music during the Teej festival, which is celebrated by Hindus in South Asia. The holiday was on Sept. 4, but festivities continued for days afterward. To celebrate, women wear new clothes and dance together. Some feast during the holiday, which focuses on women, but others fast and visit Hindu temples.
Members of the Nepal Women’s Association, the women’s wing of the Nepali Congress, a major political party in Nepal, stand in line in September to vote for leaders of their association. There was widespread campaigning by candidates this year who sought posts including president, secretary and treasurer, as well as regional representatives and leaders. Women who win posts in the association are often nominated to run in local government elections.
Participants at a pride parade held in August in Kathmandu dressed in both Western and traditional clothing. The parade is held each year on the same day as the Gai Jatra festival, and people travel from all over Nepal to watch or participate.
Laxmi Devi Tiwari, 27, works at a stone quarry in Kavrepalanchowk district, located east of Kathmandu. Tiwari earns about 3,000 Nepalese rupees (about $28) to 4,000 Nepalese rupees (about $37) a month to break stones into small pieces. She says she’s worked in the quarry since she was 12 years old. “In order to survive, I have had to do this hard labor for 15 years,” she says.
Maya Devi Thapa, 56, (seated) roasts corn over a wood fire in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city. Steaming hot corn is a popular snack in Nepal, and Thapa earns a living selling it streetside. She says she earns about 700 rupees ($6.50) per day during corn season, which usually lasts from May to November. When corn isn’t in season, Thapa says she sells vegetables she buys from a local wholesale market.
Dental technicians studying at KIST Medical College examine patients at a free dental clinic set up on a street in Pulchowk, in Nepal’s Lalitpur district, on July 16. Along with basic checkups, the students offered advice about diet and hygiene.
A masked dancer performs a Bhadrakali dance in Kathmandu on June 25 during a festival to Bhadrakali, a Hindu goddess. The festival, held every 12 years, is mainly celebrated among Nepal’s Newar people and is intended to bring prosperity and peace to the country.
Ranjana Thapa Khadka, 32, on right, loads grass into a Doko carried by Kaushalya Guragai, 39, kneeling on left. The women have, since 2002, been members of a forest committee in the Indreshwor Thalpu Community Forest 1 in Panauti Municipality in Kavrepalanchowk district, commonly known as Kavre, in Nepal. There are nearly 19,000 community forest users groups in Nepal and women have leadership roles in 1,200 of those groups. The groups ensure that local villagers have access to grass, twigs and other forest materials without harming the forests.
Students affiliated with the Nepal Students’ Union, the student wing of Nepali Congress, Nepal’s largest political party, stage a protest on May 19 at Ratna Park in Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city, to demand changes including an end to price hikes. The students’ signs, worn as clothing, display slogans including “It’s hard for the public to survive.”