Nepal animal sacrifice festival pits devotees against activists


Gadhimai is known as ‘bloodiest festival of the world’ and is one of country’s most polarising traditions

Tightly crushed together in an area about the size of a football field fenced with barbed wire, more than 2,000 buffalo stand waiting for their death. Deprived of adequate water and food, they snort and snuffle in pain.

The animals are just some of the thousands prepared for sacrifice as part of this year’s Gadhimai festival in Nepal, which takes place once every five years and holds the dubious honour of being known as the world’s bloodiest festival.

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Written by Arun Budhathoki in Bariyapur and Hannah Ellis-Petersen in Delhi
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