Two women digging out limestone dust for white-washing

Two women digging out limestone dust for white-washing

En route from Naudanda to Birethanti, Nepal, two women in saris collect limestone dust for whitewashing houses before the autumn festivals Dasain and Tihar.

Dasain is the 15-day national festival of Nepal, which takes place in September or October, following the rice harvest. Tihar is the five-day festival of light to worship the Hindu goddess Laxmi. Tihar, which is also called Diwali in India, takes place several weeks after Dasain.

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