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.
Gabriel Peralta, 8, celebrates having won a game against other children in his neighborhood by being the first to catch a pig that has been covered in animal grease and oil. Gabriel’s prize is the pig itself, which he takes home. The game occurred in Barrio de la Asunción, a neighborhood in Mexico City, as a celebration of one of the neighborhood’s patron saints, Virgen del Rosario, known in English as Our Lady of the Rosary. This celebration takes place every Oct. 7. Similar events are common throughout the city’s neighborhoods.
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.
Artisans from Oaxaca, a state in southern Mexico, take a photo of themselves in their booth at the 15th annual “Son para Milo,” which celebrates traditional Mexican music. The festival took place from Oct. 13 – 16 in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital.
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.
Families gather on Nov. 2 at the cemetery in Aldea Chaquijyá hamlet in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, for Día de los Difuntos, which is part of the two-day Día de los Muertos celebration, known in English as Day of the Dead. For Día de los Muertos, a religious holiday in Latin America, families often visit the burial sites of loved ones to offer food and gifts, pray and perform rituals. Many also share a meal by the tombstones. Día de los Difuntos is reserved for praying for the recently deceased who may still find themselves in purgatory.
Farmers in Heel-Oya, a village in Sri Lanka’s Kandy District, guide cattle to trample rice stalks in a traditional rice-threshing process. The cattle separates the grain from the stalks. Much of Sri Lanka’s rice, a staple food, is now farmed by machines, but this traditional method is still used in some rare cases.
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.
Students in Sololá, a municipality in southwestern Guatemala, play roulette in a celebration of Día del Niño, known in English as Universal Children’s Day. The students, from Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, each had one turn at the wheel in a chance to win candy, piggy banks, books and other prizes. The player shown here didn’t win a prize, but instead landed on a spot that stated, “You didn’t shower today.” Universal Children’s Day was instituted by the United Nations in 1954, and the countries that celebrate it choose their own dates. In Guatemala, it’s celebrated every Oct. 1.
José Luis Perez Hernandez, 25 (left), and Marcelino Perez Aguilar, 57, retouch the façade of a trajinera, a colorful boat that ferries visitors around Lago de Xochimilco, a lake in Mexico City, Mexico’s capital. The decorative boats are retouched twice each year.
Children dance alongside a member of Barefeet Theatre, a group that teaches children theater arts, dance and other skills, during a cultural and tourism festival in the Kabwata suburb of Lusaka. The event, known as Pamodzi Carnival, showcases Zambia’s cultural heritage through music and dance. The carnival occurred in late September.
Mussa, 24, a traveling merchant, sells fruit in Stone Town, a historic section of Zanzibar town on the island of Zanzibar, which is part of Tanzania. Mussa travels around town and sells fruit door-to-door.
Protesters in San Cristóbal de las Casas, a city in Chiapas, Mexico’s southernmost state, take to the streets on Oct. 19 in response to the recent brutal rape and killing of 16-year-old Lucía Pérez in Argentina. Thousands of people protested in Argentina, and those protests spread across Latin America. The protests in Argentina, collectively called a National Strike Against Femicides, used the hashtags #NiUnaMenos, or #NotOneLess, the English equivalent, which spread across the world.
Two girls sit in a Catholic church in Democratic Republic of Congo’s Beni territory. They attended a mass dedicated to the victims of an August 13 massacre that reportedly killed more than 50 people. Government officials blamed the massacre on the ADF-NALU, a Ugandan armed group.
Razia Jan sits in her kitchen in the Doodhpathri area in the rural western part of Indian-administered Kashmir. Jan is a shepherd from the traditionally nomadic Gujjar tribe. Her family and others from her tribe come to the fertile valley in the Doodhpathri area in April with their animals, then they build small wood and mud huts. They graze their animals in the valley until October. When cold weather sets in, they return to their winter homes in another area.
Nonhlanhla Mathe displays her art at a women-only exhibition called “Art on the Stoep” in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The exhibit, which was held in mid-September, featured nine local artists. Many of Mathe’s pieces showcase batik-style designs. Her work has been exhibited both in Zimbabwe and abroad.
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.
Students from the Escuela Oficial Rural Mixta, Caserío Cooperativa, school walk through the streets in Aldea Chaquijyá, a hamlet in Guatemala’s southwestern Sololá department, to celebrate Guatemala’s independence day on Sept. 15. Guatemala became a colony of Spain in the 16th century and gained its independence in 1821, making this the nation’s 195th birthday.
Austin Changwe, a worker from a veterinary clinic in Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, dips a dog in a pesticide solution during a vaccination and pest-control exercise in Woodlands, a Lusaka suburb. The local veterinary clinic has been educating residents on the importance of vaccination and pest control ahead of the World Rabies Day on Sept. 28.
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.
Carefully stacked produce awaits buyers in Kamanyola, a village near Goma, the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu province. Fruits and vegetables are cheap here, so the market attracts customers even from neighboring Rwanda. Here, a pot of tomatoes sells for 500 Congolese francs (about 50 cents).
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.
Kimberly Casia, 7, completes her mathematics exam, for which she later won first place among her district’s first-graders in the Olimpíada Nacional de Ciencias, the National Olympics of Sciences. The bi-annual competition gathers elementary school children across the country to test their aptitude in mathematics and social sciences. Casia competed in the San Juan Argueta district in Guatemala’s Sololá department.
Contestants in the Porcupine Labor Day Annual Pow Wow enter an arena for their event. The pow wow, a term used in Native American communities for a social gathering that involves competitive dancing, was held in early September in the Porcupine district of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, where the Oglala Sioux Tribe, traditionally known as the Oglala Lakota Nation, is based. The contestants’ identifying tags include the phrase “Stand Together Against the Pipeline,” in reference to the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, based in North Dakota, is leading a major effort among environmentalists and Native Americans from around the U.S. to block construction of that pipeline.