Monks crossing U Bein Bridge by candide
A Thai Buddhist monk blesses elephants during Thailand’s National Elephant Day in the ancient Thai capital Ayutthaya. Thais honored the elephant with special fruits and Buddhist ceremonies across the country to pay homage to their national animal.
NEPAL, Kathmandu : A group of Nepalese Buddhist boys pose as they attend Bratabandha, a coming-of-age ceremony in Kathmandu on March 5, 2014. In Newari culture of the Shakya caste, the heads of young boys are shaved and they wear a dress of a monk during the Bratabandha ceremony, which combines chudakarma and upanayana, among the hill communities of Nepal. AFP PHOTO/Prakash MATHEMA