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“Marriage ceremony” held for Newar girls and bael fruits in Nepal (photo feature)

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Little girls from Newar community attend a Bel Bibaha ceremony in Kavre,on the outskirts of Kathmandu,capital of Nepal, March 15, 2017. Bel Bibaha, or Ihi, is a marriage ceremony in the Newar community of Nepal in which pre-adolescent girls are “married” to the bael fruit (wood apple). Normally Newar girls marry thrice in their life as first marriage with Bael fruit, second with sun and third with human.

Photographs: Sunil Sharma