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Nepalese celebrate Ghanta Karna in Katmandu

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Nepalese people prepare to burn straw effigies of Ghanta Karna, symbolic of demons, during a festival celebrated after paddy planting in Bhaktapur on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal on July 17, 2012. The festival is believed to ward off evil spirits, and bring peace and prosperity.

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Nepalese migrant Suraj Maharjan, 14, collects donations with his face painted during the Ghanta Karna, or Gathemangal, festival in Kathmandu, Nepal on July 17, 2012. Suraj, who migrated from Palung village to the capital of Katmandu, became a symbolic demon known as 'Bhoot' to celebrate the festival. The 'Bhoot' collects donations and receives food from the community. At the end of the festival, people drag him with straw effigies to a nearby river.

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Children play with straw effigies of Ghanta Karna, symbolic of demons, on the outskirts of Katmandu, Nepal on July 17, 2012.