Holi celebrations in Nepal: The spring festival of colours is upon us

Anup Pandey, a nine-year-old Kathmandu strikes a ‘sniper pose’ with a water gun in this hand. He is excited about Holi and even before the chirĀ is put up in Basantapur, smiles and sprays water at pedestrians from his balcony. “We don’t have school for two-three days now, so the best thing to do is to […]

From mortal to goddess: The making of the Kumari of Lalitpur

Five young girls were brought to the Ratnakar Mahavihar in Gabahal, Lalitpur (Patan), on the afternoon of February 5. Some of the girls are as young as two. The excitement in their faces is visible; why not? One of them will take charge as the Kumari of Patan, one of the three medieval kingdoms of […]