The Week picks this book because we feel it’s just the right book to read during this festive time.
When Mary Anderson began her five-year residence in Kathmandu as the wife of a diplomat, she attended the frequent Nepalis festivals in the Valley because they were mysterious, colorful and great fun. But soon she became deeply absorbed in the meaning of these ancient activities and she became determined to record as many of them as she could, explaining their mythological, religious and historical backgrounds. The festivals of Nepal are too many for any writer to produce a complete record, but this book describes the most important of them, which have been arranged according to the Nepalis calendar, beginning with the New Year in mid-April. The author also provides a brief introductory sketch of Nepalis geography, history, religion, and culture to give background to what follows.
Answer this simple question to stand a chance to win this book: Of all the Nepali festivals, which one is your favorite and why?
Send in your answer (within 200 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Wednesday, November 4, 2016 and The Week in collaboration with Mandala Book Point will award the best answer with this book.