Chinese characters are written on red paper to be pasted on front doors for #ChineseNewYear. Some are beautiful poems in the form of couplets, wishing blessings on the household. The character for ‘fortune’ is often pasted upside down on the centre of the door, as in Chinese ‘upside down’ sounds like ‘arrive’
Nepalese police dogs look on after being smeared with vermillion on their foreheads and marigold garlands placed around their necks on the occasion of the Tihar festival in Kathmandu on November 13, 2012. On Tihar, as the Hindu festival of Diwali is locally known, it is customary in Nepal for people offer blessings to dogs, which are according to Hindu tradition, the messengers of Yamaraj, the god of death.