Photographer's Note

At the age of 12-14 before menstruation, in Nepal, especially in Newari culture, the girl will be married to Sun. Which is called in local language "gufa rakhne" or "bara tyagu". In this ceremony, the girl will be dressed as a bride, and after being kept in dark room for 12 days which nowadays is only without sunlight but there will be other lights, she will be married to Sun. It is believed that being married to Sun, the Sun will save her from evils throughout her life.

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