Sikali Jatra celebration in photos

October 22, 2020 19:56 pm

KATHMANDU, Oct 22: Locals of Khokana in Lalitpur are observing the festival of Rudrayani which is popularly known as the “Sikali Jatra”. The locals celebrate the festival instead of Dashain though they follow the dates and astrological beliefs similar to Dashain.

Cha-Cha-Hui !!!

October 22, 2020 18:00 pm

KATHMANDU: Echos of Cha-Cha-Hui have faded in major areas of the Kathmandu Valley. With festivity celebrations kept on low profile this year, swings have remained absent in major areas but are seen in the outskirts of Kathmandu.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The chariot of the deity Rato Machindranath was pulled at Patan on Sunday afternoon. The chariot was pulled from Machhindra Bahal in Pulchowk to Sorhakhutte Falcha- in front of Lalitpur Metropolitan Office.

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The chariot of Rato Machindranath is being pulled at Patan on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, July 24: Dhanraj Chitrakar started drawing serpentine deities from the age of 14. It has been over five decades since he has been into this business but now fears for a technological take over as people have shifted onto printed versions of Naag Posters. Now he is fearing for his profession which in some decades can be the rarest-of-rarest as the younger generation are drifting away from it.

Setting up a safe virtual space called ‘Guthi Minecraft Server’  for the Nepalese kids under the age of thirteen. A total of 15 kids have come together virtually for two hours every day to play and learn about Nepali cultural heritage for the last three months.

KATHMANDU, April, 23: Matatirtha Aunshi or Aamako Mukh Herne Din (Mother’s Day) is being celebrated on Thursday throughout the country.

Photos: Painting Rato Machhindranath

April 22, 2020 12:53 pm

KATHMANDU, April 22: Rato Machhindranath is worshipped as the god of rain. According to legends, it is believed to have been brought to Kathmandu from Kamaru Kamakhya, India. Chariot of this deity is pulled with much fanfare during the chariot festival that is attended by a huge crowd in Kathmandu.

POKHARA, Jan 25: Chief Information Commissioner at National Information Commission (NIC) Mahendra Man Gurung urged the indigenous communities to persistently engage in the activities for enlivening their language, culture and history.

KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Yogesh Bhattarai has faced a barrage of criticism on social media for his “ill-timed” visit to Australia to promote the Visit Nepal 2020 campaign, when as the country is reeling under one of the worst crisis in its history due to the massive wildfires.

Mothers can change the world

December 29, 2019 11:27 am

Globalization and modern lifestyle is posing a threat to family system in all parts of the world. Crumbling traditional family system has added further burdens to the mothers though family and motherhood are the foundations that establish culture and civilization.

DOHA (Reuters) - Qatar will begin sifting through fan feedback from the Club World Cup to see how it can provide supporters with a successful World Cup in 2022, but cultural differences will be a tricky challenge to surmount.

All of us know have this idea of a perfect place where we would like to live someday. For some, that place might be in laps of the mountains in Switzerland and for others, it could be by the sea in Pondicherry. We all have our reasons for wanting to live where we want to. It could be the cultural influence of the place, the food it is famous for, or simply the fact that we like what we have seen in photos.

How do we measure knowledge?

December 5, 2019 12:46 pm

“If you only need good grades and not the learning,” I tell my students, joking, “don’t bother using the library, learning how to use academic databases, finding and reading complex scholarly articles, and representing others’ ideas substantively and carefully in your writing.” “Just hire a good ghost writer or find another effective way to cheat me.” Students get the point quickly, and they start doing serious research and writing.

Managing museums

November 16, 2019 09:47 am

Museums are repositories of history and heritage and remain preserved in the form of writing, picture, objects and audio-visuals for the present as well as future generations. They give the holistic picture of status of industry, pattern of settlement and agriculture, art and artistry of temples, churches, monasteries and mosques, festivities, birth and death rituals, pattern of house construction, dress making and costumes so on and so forth. In the recent times, practice of taking writings, arts and artifacts, objects and ornaments, costumes and audio visual materials of historical and cultural importance to display in different places is gaining ground.

LUMBINI, Nov 14: The second International Tripitaka chanting ceremony has kicked off in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, on Thursday.

Roadside gallaries

November 8, 2019 08:49 am

Most murals or street art, along with their aesthetic values, have some sort of social message. Some street art might criticize the actions of the government while others may be telling spectators to embrace their own culture and traditions.

Let there be light

October 27, 2019 02:00 am

As the country goes for yet another three-day holiday for Tihar, there are many issues making the rounds in the media. For one, the most gruesome case of genocide that occurred in 2008 is not moving toward resolution. The main suspect, Mohammad Aftab Alam, has been denying the allegation that he masterminded that criminal act. He is even claiming that the bomb explosion that killed people on the eve of first Constituent Assembly elections in April, 2008 did not occur at all. District court has remanded him in custody for one more week and there are genuine fears that the victims and eyewitnesses of the murders might be influenced by the culprits and their relatives.  The case of rape attempt against former Speaker of House of Representatives Krishna Bahadur Mahara is not making any headway. Meanwhile, the government has arrested a rapper on charge of spreading offensive message through his songs. People are divided in favor of and against the police action. While a group of people has been arguing that government is trying to divert the public attention from the pressing issues by arresting the singer, others have stood in favor of the police action.  Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has left for the Republic of Azerbaijan, leading the Nepali delegation to the 18th Summit of heads of state and government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Preserving purity of festivals

October 27, 2019 01:30 am

Major festivals across cultures have their roots in rural life. They also share similar rationale for celebration. The reunion of family members, sharing of good time, food, blessings, and worship of gods/goddesses are their universal themes. Unsurprisingly, they are embraced, modified, and commoditized by the urbanites, exurbanites and suburbanites in no time.

DOLAKHA, Oct 12: Locals in the ancient city of Dolakha celebrated the traditional Khadgajatra traditional on Wednesday, a day after Vijaya Dashami.

Dashain, that time of the year again!

October 4, 2019 10:58 am

With many Nepalis residing abroad and families thus getting smaller, Dashain perhaps doesn’t have the same appeal as it once did. The Week asked a few people how they felt about ‘the biggest festival in Nepal’. The answers were pretty unanimous – all of them seemed to think Dashain is an important part of our culture that should be celebrated with a happy heart.

KATHMANDU, Sept 13: Kwaneya, the first day of the chariot procession of the Living Goddess Kumari and the most important day of Indra Jatra, one of the biggest festivals in the Kathmandu Valley has been observed at Basantapur Durbar Square on Friday.

Saving Tansen's Ropai Jatra

August 18, 2019 07:24 am

TANSEN, Aug 18: Tansen, the headquarters of Palpa district and one of the major old cities of the country, is famous for various traditional and cultural festivals. Gai Jatra, Ropai Jatra, Ganesh Jatra, Amarnayaran Jatra, Shreenagar Jatra, Bagh Jatra, Taksar Ganesh and Bhagwati Jatra are some of the major festivals celebrated with much fanfare in this hill town.

PALPA, Aug 17: Palpa is famous for various traditional and cultural festivals. Gai Jatra, Ropai Jatra, Ganesh Jatra, Amarnayaran Jatra, Shreenagar Jatra, Bagh Jatra, Taksar Ganesh and Bhagwati Jatra are major festivals celebrated with fanfare.

Chief Minister of Gandaki State, Prithvi Subba Gurung said Nepal's diverse ethnic and cultural identities remain as its invaluable property.

PALPA, Aug 16: People have observed Gaijatra in memory of their deceased kith and kins.

One of the best things about traveling is stepping out of your comfort zone and allowing yourself to be exposed to a whole new world of customs and cultures. But this can lead to some unexpected problems. Things that we may consider harmless at home can sometimes land you in trouble in another country.

BHAKTAPUR, Aug 15: A seventh-grader at Genuine Secondary School of Bhaktapur, Nar Kawa, had never ever heard about 'Kasipaya'. But now, he not only knows about Kasipaya's history but also plays it pretty well.

BUTWAL, Aug 6: Butwal Sub-metropolis has decided to build a Tharu museum reflecting the art and culture of the indigenous Tharu community at Shaurahiya of Motipur. The museum will be constructed on the riverbank of Shaurahiya that will spread in a land of five hectares.

I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that the “thank you” culture is yet to develop and become a norm here in Nepal like it should be. Whether it’s when your mother passes you the dinner plate or when a server brings you a glass of water or your food at a restaurant, we tend to forget to thank them. We think that is what they have always done or it’s their work and that there is no need for special appreciation.

Heritage in danger

July 9, 2019 01:30 am

Threats to cultural heritage of Kathmandu Valley can be overcome only with an optimum level of international cooperation, greater public awareness and government’s efforts

BHAKTAPUR, June 10: Because of its rich culture, tradition, and heritage sites, Bhaktapur has remained as one of the most popular tourist destinations of the country for decades. The devastating earthquake of April 2015 and the aftershocks, however, took a severe toll on old settlements, temples and other heritage structures. Its residents remained in shock for a long time. Gradually when they started rising from the rubbles, it became apparent that they will have to rebuild many cultural and religiously important structures.

Displaying Bhoto (with video)

June 9, 2019 21:00 pm

KATHMANDU, June 9: The month-long chariot pulling festival of Rato Machhindranath concluded after displaying the jewel-studded traditional Nepali vest 'Bhoto' at Jawlakhel on Sunday.

KATHMANDU, June 9: Culture, adventure, spirituality, wildlife, and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) will be the major attractions for Visit Nepal Year 2020, according to Suraj Vaidya, national coordinator for Visit Nepal 2020.

KATHMANDU, June 2: Former President Dr Rambaran Yadav has said various organizations were encroaching upon Nepal's culture and religion, so such activities need to be strongly discouraged and organization brought to book by all three tiers of government.

KATHMANDU, May 25: President Bidya Devi Bhandari has said the conscious community should mobilize to take the country ahead towards the journey of a secured social change and prosperity through patience, courage and in a judicious manner.

Food you will love

May 17, 2019 11:17 am

Given the growing fascination of the Korean culture among Nepalis it’s no surprise that Korean restaurants these days get a lot of visitors. If the aisles of supermarket stores packed with ramen and other instant Korean snacks are any indication, Korean food is the new ‘it’. Hangkook Sarang in Naxal, Kathmandu, is catering to this Korean food loving crowd and how

Campaign for Buddhist tourism

May 15, 2019 01:30 am

Buddha’s legacy has been monopolized by India. Nepal needs to reclaim the Buddha and his legacy as a fundamental part of nation’s identity and narrative. Our history is inseparable from Buddhism

The fictional world of the popular TV series "Game of Thrones" may be reinforcing the existing racial, cultural and geographical stereotypes that have been part of the Western imagination of the East for centuries, a study suggests.

BANKE, May 1: State 5 social development minister Sudarshan Baral has said cultural campaigning is necessary to increase public awareness against violence against women.

“I grew interest in our culture when I was a child. I used to play games pretending to carry khat (palanquin), pulling chariot and sit in the chariot. Only when I turned 17, I got the chance for the first time to carry the actual khat. I liked it and volunteered for the second time. And this year I got to carry it again. Deep inside I feel I should follow tradition to preserve our cultural heritage. As long as I stay in Kathmandu, I am willing to be devoted to the deity,” says Shakya.

The first day of ‘Russian Kitchen Day’ began with an inauguration ceremony where various performances including Russian folk dance, fire act and live musical performances were staged at the hotel premise, Lazimpat. The event is all about celebrating Russia cuisines where celebrity Chef Denis Perevoz from Russia is the in-charge of the event.

‘The Karnali’ on display

March 21, 2019 19:45 pm

The Karnali- Photo Exhibition hosted by Nepal River Conservation Trust (NRCT) began on March 16 at Nepal Art Council, Babermahal.

Panjabi culture lands on Kathmandu

February 27, 2019 18:07 pm

Punjabis adorned in colorful traditional attire entered the stage carrying native musical instruments of Punjab like Chimta, Ektara, Dhol, Alghoza, Esraj, Sapp and Tumbi.

The Art of writing

February 15, 2019 09:02 am

If you’re looking to learn more about Nepal’s culture and the different kinds of languages spoken here, you might be interested in joining a session of Ranjana Lipi Calligraphy Workshop by the Callijatra team. Although the workshop will not delve deep into the various kinds of scripts (Lipis), it will give a thorough introduction to one particular script: Ranjana Lipi.

ACHHAM, Jan 16: With an aim to preserve and promote their culture, various indigenous groups on Tuesday performed shows at Baidyanath Dham of Sanfebagar Municipality of Achham coinciding with Makar Sakranti.

After I got married, I was asked to make tea the next morning. I had never made tea at home. I didn’t know how to make it. I knew it entailed mixing tea, milk, and sugar and I could only measure powdered milk. I was told to make 15 cups of tea. There were guests who wanted two cups of tea instead of one (one cup of tea in the morning doesn’t feel like tea was their justification for it). I got the measurement wrong and there was something really off about the color, to say nothing about the taste.

DHAN NACH IN DHARAN

December 29, 2018 12:04 pm

DHARAN, Dec 29:  It was December 23, Sunday. It was around 8 in the night. Dressed in traditional Limbu outfits, Limbu men and women were singing traditional songs, holding each other’s hands. They danced and the dance steps were beautifully synchronized. The tune to which they were dancing is called ‘Palam’. The dance performed by them is known as the ‘Dhan Nach’.

Photography to resurrect culture

December 25, 2018 11:00 am

He captured color photographs in the late 1950’s long before it actually emerged in Nepal-in early 1970’s.

KATHMANDU, Dec 20: Mangsir is over and so is the hype of marriage. Marriage is defined as legally or formally recognized union of two people as partners in a personal relationship. But in every society the definition is different. It is a social affair to celebrate two people coming together and raising a family. Marriage is not only a social knot-tying ceremony but is an institution in itself and different aspects of marriage are its different subjects.