A Nepalese Buddhist leaves after prayers at the Golden Temple near Patan Durbar square in Lalitpur, near Kathmandu, on Monday. The temple, a Unesco world heritage site, was founded during the 12th Century and is famous for ancient art and carvings.
A masked devotee walks out from a house to take part in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal
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A farmer carries bundles of rice saplings as she walks in the paddy field in Khokana, Lalitpur, on Monday
Masked devotees rest along the street while participating in a parade commemorating the Neku Jatra-Mataya festival, the festival of lights, in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Friday. Devotees celebrate the Buddhist festival that marks the victory of Sakyamuni Buddha over Mara, by praying for the souls of departed family members and holding parades throughout the city.
A girl looks at a passing devotee as she returns home from school during the Pancha Dan festival in Lalitpur, Nepal, on Wednesday. The festival is celebrated by the Buddhist communities, who give five gifts, of wheat grains, rice grains, salt, money and fruit, to monks. Collections of religious artifacts are also displayed in monasteries and households.
A boy waits patiently for a coin to drop from the chariot during the chariot festival of Rato Machhindranath in Lalitpur on Tuesday. Rato Machhindranath is known as the god of rain and both Hindus and Buddhists worship Machhindranath for good rain to prevent drought during the rice harvest season
A man looks up at his friends as they pull a sack filled with mud while constructing a well at Khokana, Lalitpur in India on Monday