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This is every morning’s ritual in Kathmandu. House owners adorn a dedicated spot on their doorstep sprinkling it with a handful of red kukuma powder, a pinch of beaten rice and a touch of flower petals and herbs. These offerings – designed to welcome visitors to the house and act as a protection talisman – are repeated every day at dawn.

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They are called “Pujas” and they punctuate the time and space of the city with splashes of red. An auspicious, sacred, intense red…

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