During a traditional ceremony, Buyandalai Ulambayar gallops on his horse while offering horse milk to the air with a tsatsal, a ceremonial wooden milk spoon, in Bayandalai soum, Umnugovi province, Mongolia. During the ceremony, he chants, “Tsegeend tsad,” which means, “May we have plenty of food!”
Uranzaya Jamiyansuren tends vegetables in the greenhouse at her home in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Uranzaya and her neighbor Munkhbaatar Tsogzolmaa built the greenhouse three years ago to grow food for their families’ consumption.
Purushottam Giri Sangeet Acharya, 60, a Hindu holy man known as a sadhu, reads near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. He says that after the government announced a lockdown and religious sites closed due to COVID-19, many sadhus chose to leave Pashupatinath, where they lived.
A stray dog rests in front of a row of shops near the Pashupatinath Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. All religious sites have been closed since the end of March due to the coronavirus, including the main gate to the Pashupatinath Temple, a sacred site for Hindus. The shops that line the area are normally crowded with tourists, but owners have seen little business during the pandemic.
Gunaseelan Santhini, left, and Tharumaraja Suhanthini plant onion seedlings in a garden in Kondavil, a suburb north of the Sri Lankan city of Jaffna. For over seven years, they have planted onions to improve their family income. They earn 700 Sri Lankan rupees ($3.77) daily.
Sodmandakh Sodovjamts, 16, front, and Enkhtamir Batbayar, 15, swim at a new pool in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. At the grand opening of this first swimming pool in Umnugovi province, athletes from Ulaanbaatar city demonstrated many styles of swimming.
Saikhansanaa Batbayar draws on old clothes with Dashnyam Erdenebadrakh, top left, and Bulgantsetseg Batsukh, bottom left, in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Students organized an event called “Let’s make our clothes art!” to have a fun and productive day with friends. They took measures to prevent infection by reminding children at the event to wear face masks and distributing spare masks.
Gantushig Uranchimeg, an 11-year-old monk-in-training, participates in a ceremony to worship ritual vases at Khutagt Lama Gandanshadivlan Monastery in Mongolia’s Orkhon province. The ceremony, known as bumba, is meant to bring blessings and wealth to worshippers.
Veerakathi Navaraththinam wraps cucumbers in palmyra leaves at his garden in Uduvil, a village near Jaffna, Sri Lanka. Farmers harvest cucumbers from March to August and place them in these leaves for sale.
Laadli Devi sells jewelry and other accessories at a night market in Khizarabad, a neighborhood in South Delhi, India. Night markets have become more common in Delhi during the coronavirus pandemic. Government officials have allowed small markets to operate in the evening to avoid daytime crowds.
Priest Santosh Buddhacharya performs puja, a worship ritual, at Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal. Crowds of Hindu and Buddhist devotees and tourists used to worship at the stupa. But with travel restricted due to the coronavirus, the priests are now the only worshippers.
Margad-Erdene Erdenebileg, 18, left, and Yusunkhusel Gantumur, 11, center, wear traditional garments called deels and play the morin khuur, a horsehead fiddle, with members of the Altan Mazaalai band in Dalanzadgad, the capital of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The band played at the grand opening of a new theater, where children disinfected their hands and wore face masks and disposable shoe covers.
Otgonsuren Altan-Ochir, 17, paints cloth bags with eco-friendly paints at Tenkhleg, a department store in Murun, Khuvsgul province, Mongolia. Otgonsuren is making an effort to be more environmentally conscious by using these reusable bags.
Khurbilguun Sergelen, 14, shears a sheep at his neighbor’s home in Bayan, a neighborhood in the Bayandalai soum of Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. Every June and July, herders in Mongolia shear all their sheep.
Budsuren Uyanga, left, 15, and Bilguun-Orshikh Dagvasambuu, 14, demonstrate taekwondo in Dalanzadgad, a soum in Mongolia’s Umnugovi province. The Federation of Olympic Taekwondo was established in Umnugovi in July this year. Adolescent athletes from Ulaanbaatar’s Nuudelchin Taekwondo Club came to Umnugovi and organized a two-day taekwondo demonstration for the launch of the Federation.
From left, Navaneethan Yavinsan, 11, Anandarasa Anandavisahan, 11, Sinharasa Siyanth, 17, and Chandran Kisanth, 12, fly a homemade kite in Karaikal, a village in Jaffna district, Sri Lanka. They say that since evening classes were canceled due to the coronavirus, they spend their leisure time flying kites.
From left, Narantsogt Gombosuren, Enkhmanlai Erdenebat and Bat-Erdene Narantsogt build a ger, or Mongolian yurt, at the Gombosuren family’s summer camp in Orkhon district, in northern Mongolia’s Bulgan province. Herder families lead nomadic lives in the countryside as they herd cattle to different seasonal camps throughout the year.
Odgerel Bayasgalan, 20, tapes the walls of the sports hall at General Education School No. 11 to paint a mural about the love and protection of nature in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Mongolia closed its borders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but local tourism increases over the summer.
Erdenetsogt Davaajav cooks mutton shashlik, a dish of skewered and grilled cubes of meat, during Naadam, a national festival in Mongolia. During the festival, people visit the Central Stadium in Erdenet, a city in northern Mongolia, to watch wrestling, archery, anklebone shooting and horse racing. People also enjoy traditional foods, such as shashlik, airag (fermented mare’s milk) and khuushuur (a meat pastry or dumpling).
Battsetseg Sharavjamts waters vegetables in her greenhouse in Orkhon, a soum in Darkhan-Uul, Mongolia. Battsetseg has grown vegetables at home for five years and uses them to feed her husband and three children.
Gerelmaa Chuluun, 75, exits an underground pedestrian tunnel on her way home from Darkhan Market in Mongolia’s Darkhan-Uul province. Traffic near the market caused a number of accidents involving pedestrians, so the city built an underground tunnel to provide a safe way for pedestrians to cross the street.