Every year the Newar community of Khokana village in Latipur, in Nepal's Kathmandu Valley, takes part in the colourful Shikali festival. It's a local alternative to Dashain, one of Hinduism's biggest festivals.
During the festival, mediums wear colourful clay masks, each representing different Hindu gods and goddesses, including Lord Shiva, Lord Bishnu and Lord Ganesha. Villagers offer sacrificed animals and prayers in hope of gaining blessing from the deities. Reuters photographer Navesh Chitrakar has documented this years Shikali celebrations: