Nepalese please rain god for good harvest amid fight against pandemic

Authorities have suspended Nepal’s a centuries-old ritual of appeasing the rain god and assure a good harvest due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rato Machhindranath festival to pay homage to the rain deity of the same name features a month long procession of a 32-foot high wooden chariot to please gods for a generous rainfall, harvest and prosperity for the upcoming year.

A visual story by EFE-EPA photographer NARENDRA SHRESTHA


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