PHOTOS: Janai Purnima celebrations in Nepal

Janai Purnima is a Hindu festival celebrated in Nepal and is also celebrated as Raksha Bandhan (according to the Tourism Board of Nepal's Twitter). On this day, families all over the country get together and feast on delicious foods. Hindu men renew their Janai on this day, the Janai is the white thread that men from Brahmin and Chhetri communities are often spotted wearing. Men take their ritual bath and change the Janai, people also visit temple of Lord Shiva on this day. In likeness to India's Raksha Bandhan, people also tie Doro (string) around their wrist to protect themselves from harm.

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A Hindu priest is silhouetted against the sky as he performs a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

A Hindu priest is silhouetted against the sky as he performs a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

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A Hindu priest wearing a face mask waits for devotees during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

A Hindu priest wearing a face mask waits for devotees during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

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A Hindu priest puts sacred threads on his lap as he waits for devotees during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. (REUTERS)

A Hindu priest puts sacred threads on his lap as he waits for devotees during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. (REUTERS)

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Hands of devotees are pictured as they arrange a sacred thread during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. (REUTERS)

Hands of devotees are pictured as they arrange a sacred thread during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. (REUTERS)

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A devotee wears a new sacred thread during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

A devotee wears a new sacred thread during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

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Hindu priests perform a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

Hindu priests perform a ritual during the Janai Purnima festival (Sacred Thread Festival) at Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, August 3, 2020. Hindus take holy baths and change their sacred thread, also known as Janai, for protection and purification, during the festival. (REUTERS)

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