People turning around Bouddhanath stupa at night

Buddha Enlightenment Day

A bit of nostalgia today. Exactly one year ago, in Boudhanath, Buddhists from Kathmandu were gathering by thousands to celebrate Buddha enlightenment day. During the night, the devoted Buddhists would turn around the stupa 108 times while reciting mantras. It could take until the following morning. However, for the younger ones, this was more an occasion to spend a night with friends and even sometimes date…

After such a ceremony, I was blessed for the Himalayan adventure that would start the following morning.

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