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Bel Bibaha

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017
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Before girls from the Newar community reach their puberty they are married to the wood-apple also called Bael. It is performed before the onset of menstruation when the girl is at the age of 5, 7 or 9. The ceremony is performed to protect the girls from the stigma of widowhood.

On Wednesday, 38 girls from Newar community in Patan gathered for the ceremony in Bangalamukhi temple.

Photos: Dinesh Shrestha

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