Nepal traditional mask dancers perform during a function to observe Nepal Fifth Republic Day, in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 28, 2012. The fifth Republic Day was observed to commemorate the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy. Photo: AP / SL

Nepal traditional mask dancers perform during a function to observe Nepal Fifth Republic Day, in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 28, 2012. The fifth Republic Day was observed to commemorate the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy. Photo: AP / SL

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Nepal's living goddess locally known as the Kumari, Samita Bajracharya, watches the last day of Rato Machhendranath chariot festival in Patan, outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal

The making of a child goddess: Behind-the-scenes pictures show painstaking preparations and exquisite clothes which turn a little girl into a living deity

Nepal's living goddess locally known as the Kumari, Samita Bajracharya, watches the last day of Rato Machhendranath chariot festival in Patan, outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal

Nepalese women in their traditional dresses perform a dance during a function to observe Nepal  Fifth Republic Day, in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 28, 2012. The fifth Republic Day was observed to commemorate the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy. Photo: AP / SL    www.seattlepi.com

Nepalese women in their traditional dresses perform a dance during a function to observe Nepal Fifth Republic Day, in Katmandu, Nepal, Monday, May 28, 2012. The fifth Republic Day was observed to commemorate the day when the first meeting of the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) declared Nepal a Republic and abolished the 240-year old monarchy. Photo: AP / SL www.seattlepi.com

Sikkimese Nepali girl | Between 1965 and 1971 | ©Alice S Kandell

Sikkimese Nepali girl | Between 1965 and 1971 | ©Alice S Kandell

People carry masks and different animal floats down a street during celebrations on Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali new year in Dhaka. 04/2014

People carry masks and different animal floats down a street during celebrations on Pohela Boishakh, the first day of the Bengali new year in Dhaka. 04/2014

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