A Tibetan monk stood at a monastery during the third day of ‘Losar,’ or  Tibetan New Year, in Katmandu, Nepal, on Friday. Tibet’s exiled  government in India called on Tibetans this year to shun celebrations  for their traditional new year. Instead, Tibetans are urged to pray for  those living under Chinese rule.

A Tibetan monk stood at a monastery during the third day of ‘Losar,’ or Tibetan New Year, in Katmandu, Nepal, on Friday. Tibet’s exiled government in India called on Tibetans this year to shun celebrations for their traditional new year. Instead, Tibetans are urged to pray for those living under Chinese rule.

A Hindu holy man who had smeared ash on himself sat near a fire at  Pashupatinath Temple in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. Hindu holy men  gathered at the temple for the Shivaratri festival, which celebrates  lord Shiva.

A Hindu holy man who had smeared ash on himself sat near a fire at Pashupatinath Temple in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. Hindu holy men gathered at the temple for the Shivaratri festival, which celebrates lord Shiva.

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Hindu women prayed before taking a mass holy bath in the Bagmati River  at the Pashupati Temple as part of celebrations for the Madhav Narayan  Festival in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday. The festival involves fasting.

Hindu women prayed before taking a mass holy bath in the Bagmati River at the Pashupati Temple as part of celebrations for the Madhav Narayan Festival in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday. The festival involves fasting.

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A child rode in a wire basket on the side of a bicycle as her father steered in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

A child rode in a wire basket on the side of a bicycle as her father steered in Bhaktapur, Nepal.

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A monk walked past the Boudhanath Stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu,  Nepal. The holy Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage  site.

A monk walked past the Boudhanath Stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. The holy Buddhist temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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A vendor scooped up colored powder that will be used during worship for the Tihar Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A vendor scooped up colored powder that will be used during worship for the Tihar Festival in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A child living in a slum played on an improvised swing under a bridge on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal.

A child living in a slum played on an improvised swing under a bridge on the banks of the Bagmati River in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A hen attacked a stray dog that got too close to her sick chick, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.

A hen attacked a stray dog that got too close to her sick chick, on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal.

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A Hindu secured burning oil lamps to his body during rituals for the Dashain Festival near Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga.

A Hindu secured burning oil lamps to his body during rituals for the Dashain Festival near Kathmandu, Nepal, Thursday. The festival commemorates the slaying of a demon king by Hindu goddess Durga.

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Soldiers helped a Buddhist monk descend the side of a cliff in Sikkim, India, Tuesday. A Himalayan earthquake killed 81 people and shook parts of India, Nepal and China Sunday. Sikkim has experienced at least five aftershocks.

Soldiers helped a Buddhist monk descend the side of a cliff in Sikkim, India, Tuesday. A Himalayan earthquake killed 81 people and shook parts of India, Nepal and China Sunday. Sikkim has experienced at least five aftershocks.

 A woman moved fallen stones Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal, after an earthquake struck Nepal, northeast India and Tibet Sunday. At least 53 people were killed. Rescue workers dug through mudslides as they struggled to reach thousands of villagers.

 A woman moved fallen stones Monday in Kathmandu, Nepal, after an earthquake struck Nepal, northeast India and Tibet Sunday. At least 53 people were killed. Rescue workers dug through mudslides as they struggled to reach thousands of villagers.

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A holy man posed for tourists, unseen, during the Indra Jatra festival  in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday. The festival — named after the god of rain  and heaven — involves worshiping, rejoicing, singing, dancing and  feasting to mark the end of monsoon season.

A holy man posed for tourists, unseen, during the Indra Jatra festival in Kathmandu, Nepal, Monday. The festival — named after the god of rain and heaven — involves worshiping, rejoicing, singing, dancing and feasting to mark the end of monsoon season.

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