Hindu temples

Bhaktapur Nepal – Dashain

This past weekend we took the quick trip to Bhaktapur Nepal. It lies just a little way east of Kathmandu. This was the week of Dashain in Nepal which is a holiday of such importance it makes all that we are accustomed to pale in comparison. If children do not return to their families to pay their respects during this week, they run the risk of being disowned from their families. It is also punctuated with a great deal of traditional sacrificing of animals, primarily goats. When we arrived in Bhaktapur, this stage of the festival was winding down, but there was blood everywhere in the streets from the rituals and tractors, cars, trucks. motorcycles and even bikes were adorned with marigold flowers, blood and in some cases the  innards of animals as blessings to bring good fortune for the coming year.

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That’s not a balloon animal, it was an animal

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Hand-carved door, Bhaktapur

Hand-carved door, detail

Hand-carved door, detail

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Pagoda, Bhaktapur

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Dhurbar Square – Bhaktapur Nepal

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A Dashain procession with women adorned with blood

A Dashain procession with women adorned with blood

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Durbar Square – Kathmandu

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We finally had some time to get out into the city to do some sightseeing this past weekend. Our time has been consumed with settling in and getting started with a┬ánew school year in a new school. “Durbar Square” is a somewhat generic term for the plaza across from a palace where temples, shrines and idols are found in concentration. This Durbar Square is in the center of Kathmandu. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Kathmandu Valley which boasts the greatest concentration of recognized world heritage sites on the planet at seven total. With time, we’ll get to them all, and I’ll post images as we cross them off our list. We went on a Sunday, which is not a day of rest in Nepal. Everything closes on Saturdays here, and the week starts on Sunday. The streets (alleys) were packed with throngs of humanity in the form of tourists, merchants and devotees paying homage to the temples and their gods.

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