National Geographic : 1920 Oct
MAHARAJA DEB SHAMSHIIR'S STATE VISIT TO PATAN Life in a Nepalese city seems to the uninitiated just one Mardi Gras after another. A dignitary's visit istheoccasion ofaspecial holiday, while there would be more red-ink dates than black were the festivals designated as on an occidental calendar. There aretennational celebrations and numerous other local and religious observances. Some last a week, one ten days, and not only theattendance, butthepart each person plays, is regulated by rigid custom. One family, for generations, will have danced, another provided music, athird will have built vehicles tobeused for the gods, and so on.