Praying for Prosperity, Nepalis Carry on Ancient Tradition

Praying for Prosperity, Nepalis Carry on Ancient Tradition

– KATHMANDU – The last time the five-story-high chariot crashed during Nepal’s Rato Machindranath festival, participants knew something bad was coming. Months later, in February 2005, then-King Gyanendra seized absolute power, and the Himalayan nation was in the grip of political unrest, an escalating communist insurgency and a dwindling economy. This year, as workers from […]