February 6, 2014

Rice Harvest Festival, Kathmandu

Photograph by Navesh Chitrakar, Reuters

A Newari woman, with lips and face painted to depict a deity, waits to take part in a parade during Yomari Punhi, a festival celebrating the end of the rice harvest, in Kathmandu. The Newar, probably descendants of the original inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley, speak a language separate from their Nepalese neighbors. They emerged by A.D. 900 as the valley's dominant ethnic group and foremost artisans.

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