KATHMANDU, Sept 19: Despite the risk of a new variant of COVID-19, Indra Jatra celebration is in full swing at Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu.

Brad Six becomes Santa Claus, pulling his black boots over his red pants in the office of a Miami outdoor supply company. It’s hot, so he forgoes the traditional heavy jacket for a lightweight vest and grabs his Santa hat.

KATHMANDU, Sept 25: Streets and marketplaces in the Kathmandu Valley look crowded after the government decided to ease the prohibitory orders on September 9.