AP PHOTOS: Nepal’s masked dancers mark the end of monsoon

  • In this Sept. 23, 2018, photo, a dancer poses for photographs wearing goddess Mahalaxmi mask in Kathmandu, Nepal. For centuries, Nepal has celebrated the Indra Jatra festival of masked dancers, which officially begins the month-long festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalyan nation. The dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, pull off this performance every year despite minimal financial support from the government and other sources, they say. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • In this Sept. 23, 2018, photo, a dancer poses for photographs wearing mask of goddess Mahakali in Kathmandu, Nepal. For centuries, Nepal has celebrated the Indra Jatra festival of masked dancers, which officially begins the month-long festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalyan nation. The dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, pull off this performance every year despite minimal financial support from the government and other sources, they say. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • In this Sept. 26, 2018, photo, 10-year-old Salik Suwal, right, and 11-year-old Pujan Machamasi pose for a photograph without their masks of god Kawancha in Kathmandu, Nepal. For centuries, Nepal has celebrated the Indra Jatra festival of masked dancers, which officially begins the month-long festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalyan nation. The dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, pull off this performance every year despite minimal financial support from the government and other sources, they say. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

  • In this Sept. 23, 2018, photo, dancers pose for photographs wearing masks of god Kawancha in Kathmandu, Nepal. For centuries, Nepal has celebrated the Indra Jatra festival of masked dancers, which officially begins the month-long festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalyan nation. The dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, pull off this performance every year despite minimal financial support from the government and other sources, they say. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

KATHMANDU, Nepal — For centuries, Nepal has celebrated its masked dancers, who officially begin monthlong festivities in the Hindu-dominated Himalayan nation.

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