Candlelight Vigil at Bouddhanath Stupa to mark Earth Hour

Posted on 27 March 2010

Kathmandu, Nepal – WWF Nepal together with LEED Group Nepal organized a candlelight vigil in Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest Stupas in the world as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to mark Earth Hour. Students, environmentalists, members of civil society and individuals lit candles to express their solidarity towards the fight against Climate Change.
Kathmandu, Nepal – WWF Nepal together with LEED Group Nepal organized a candlelight vigil in Bouddhanath Stupa, one of the largest Stupas in the world as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to mark Earth Hour. Students, environmentalists, members of civil society and individuals lit candles to express their solidarity towards the fight against Climate Change.
“Everywhere else in the world people are switching off their lights to celebrate Earth Hour,” said Anil Manandhar, Country Representative of WWF Nepal. “Here we are lighting candles to show our solidarity to the global movement.” Currently people face upto 12 hours of electricity cut daily in Nepal due to power shortage.

Famous spiritual singer Ani Choying Drolma sang a song of peace and started the lighting of butter lamps forming a giant Earth Hour symbol. Among the distinguished guests present at the function was Carina Raiha, the first Finnish woman aiming to climb Mount Everest this season.

School students performed live music during the lighting of lamps and more than 400 people participated in the event.

Earth Hour celebration at Bouddhanath Stupa, a World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal
© Sunil Sharma
Famous spiritual singer Ani Choying Drolma lighting butter lamps
© Sanjib Chaudhary/ WWF Nepal
Earth Hour at Bouddhanath Stupa, a World Heritage Site in Kathmandu, Nepal
© Sanjib Chaudhary/ WWF Nepal