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Nepalese mark end of mourning after earthquake

By AP Reporter

Thousands of Nepalese dressed in white offered prayers and flowers at home and in temples in a Hindu ritual marking the end of a 13-day mourning period for those killed in the country's earthquake.

Families and friends also published condolence messages with photographs of victims in newspapers yesterday.

Thousands of mourners gathered amid piles of stones, mud, bricks and wooden beams that once formed centuries-old temples, palaces and structures toppled in the April 25 quake, which killed more than 7,800 people and injured another 15,000.

The main ceremony was held in the ruins of Kastamandap, a temple after which the capital, Kathmandu, was named.

"There are so many people and so many buildings we have all lost in the earthquake. I am here to show my support for these families and to say that we are all here for you," said banker Alok Shrestha, holding a bouquet of marigolds.

Politicians in Nepal's constituent assembly also stood for a minute of silence in memory of the dead.

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