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.

Nepal hosts cultural summit

December 18, 2018 10:29 am

KATHMANDU, Dec 18: A total of 12 countries participated in the three-day-long International Cultural Summit that concluded at the premises of Hotel Yak and Yeti on Saturday. The summit, organized by ACCAC Nepal, was inaugurated by Vice President, Nanda Bahadur Pun. As the event was organized with an aim to exchange Nepali art and culture with other countries, ‘Easy Access of Art and Culture’ was the main theme of the event. Cultural experts, artists and researchers of various countries participated in the event. The participants were from Finland, Egypt, Korea, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Sweden, Morocco and Switzerland.

Terrific travel tips

December 14, 2018 11:05 am

Traveling is as daunting as it is fun. If you are traveling to an entirely new place where you are unfamiliar with the culture and lifestyle, then no amount of research or planning is enough for you to be truly able to understand and appreciate it. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of your trip. Here are five, frequent traveler attested, tricks of the trade that pretty much ensure you get your money and time’s worth.

A little patch of green

December 14, 2018 10:36 am

In our culture, gifts usually mean bouquets of flowers, clothes, accessories and occasionally, when nothing comes to mind, money. But, in the recent days, people are looking into changing this. I am the Gardener is a huge part of this wave of change. They sell potted plants for individual purposes: For offices, bathrooms, kitchens, balconies and of course for gifting purposes too.

Hands that weave culture

December 13, 2018 12:45 pm

BHAKTAPUR, Dec 13: When the cozy sun shines over the Taulachhey tole, Bhaktapur in an approaching winter, a community of women gathers to carry out their daily knitting. With every finger spinning magic with the colorful yarns, they enclose a fragment of their culture in every making. For 62-year-old Nhuchhey Lachhimi, knitting has become a part of her daily living and a medium to escape boredom.

K-Town’s Alluring Bridal dresses

December 6, 2018 09:37 am

The arrival of Mangsir has diffused a wedding vibe in the Nepali aura.  When it comes to Nepali weddings, bridal dress is considered as the most important part as it reflects the joy, enjoyment, and the authenticity of the Nepali culture. Though Nepal is geographically small, the country is blessed with diversified culture and religions. Every culture has its own way of celebrating weddings; including clothing. Wedding is the most auspicious moment in one’s life and choosing a wedding dress is a daunting task for women.

How would you save vanishing traditional craftsmanship? An entrepreneur finds a way.

Global Arts collaboration in Patan

December 3, 2018 14:05 pm

KATHMANDU, Dec 3: Patan is well known for its rich architectural antiquity. The city has evolved as an intersection of art and culture. If you stroll around the locality, you may easily behold rich cultures and numerous traces of creativity adorned in the walls.

KATHMANDU, Nov 25: There is no doubt that Nepalis are highly influenced by Indian food and culture. There are a lot of people who long to taste the authentic Indian cuisines. Considering this fact, Hotel Fairfield by Marriott, Kathmandu has organized the ‘South Indian Food Festival’ in association with Swami Vivekananda Cultural Center, Embassy of India,  Kathmandu in its premises, Thamel. The fest was inaugurated by Ambassador of India to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri on Friday.

Cultural chaos

November 16, 2018 08:27 am

We live in a society that’s rooted in tradition, culture, and religious sentiments. And while that’s a really good thing, what bothers me about it all is how sometimes people take things way too far. It’s quite the norm for people to follow certain traditions because that’s just how things are supposed to be without knowing anything about it. And when someone questions why they do certain things on certain occasions, the supposed implications of that question offend them. It doesn’t matter that they can’t justify their actions with logical explanations.

Some festive musings

November 11, 2018 01:00 am

There are instances of Nepali leaders signing controversial deal for petty political gains and successive generations of Nepalis paying a heavy price in return

Brought up in a Brahmin family, I have experienced different practices done by girls in the name of religion and culture. Among those practices the most common and  unwanted  is that of treating a girl during her menstruation. A girl being physically weak in those 4 days of month has to face not only those cramps and pains but has to confront situations of being addressed as   ‘impure’.

Beguiling Bhaktapur

October 12, 2018 11:30 am

You often think of narrow alleys flanked by shops displaying their colorful wares and temples that date back centuries when you think of Bhaktapur. The reality doesn’t deviate much. Literally the “city of devotees”, masses throng to the streets every day with cameras and eyes wide open to revel in the aesthetics of Bhaktapur.

‘Shanti’ premieres two songs

October 1, 2018 10:00 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 1: Sushil Chhetri and Nisha Pomu starrer ‘Shanti’ has released two songs: ‘Baleshi Ma Pani Khasyo’ and ‘Phelo Nazar Judhyo’ amid press meet on Saturday.  Dinesh Lingden, also the director of the movie, wrote: "The lyrics ‘Baseshi Paani Kasyo’ whereas Hari Upreti penned down the lyrics of ‘Phelo Najar Judhe Pachhi'."

Indrajatra, an extraordinary fiesta

September 25, 2018 12:45 pm

Indrajatra is one of the most remarkable festivals of Kathmandu. The significance of this carnival lies in its famous masked dances, folk drama, and chariot processions. Living goddess Kumari is brought out during the festival from her abode in a beautifully decorated chariot. This event occurs only once a year, during this festival. The head of state and the head government also receive blessings from the deity, considered to be an embodiment of Taleju Bhawani. Lord Bhairav and Ganesha, along with Kumari are charioted across the city.

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: Secretary of the Sichuan Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Peng Qinghua, met Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun in Chengdu on Friday morning.

Indra Jatra begins today

September 21, 2018 09:44 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 21: As many as 29 Guthis come together for the Kathmandu Valley's longest festival Indra Jatra today. There are various mythical stories related to the festival. One such popular story is about the King of Heaven, Indra who came down to earth to get a special flower parijat and Karkalo (taro) for his mother, who was fasting and worshiping Goddess Basundharadevi.

WELLINGTON, Sept 19: A teenage thrash metal band screams out Maori lyrics in its latest videos. A popular radio host is learning New Zealand's indigenous language and sharing new vocabulary with his audience.

DADELDHURA, Sept 17: The Budi Polne Parba, a religious festival, is being observed with fervor in various districts in the Far West of the country today.

Together we should care

September 16, 2018 00:20 am

I struggle to come to terms with some aspects of culture—the culture where while some trailblazer women are fighting for their right to light the funeral pyre of their deceased parents, others are still using excuses to avoid helping their frail and financially dependent parents and the culture where daughters are claiming equal rights in parental property, but do not share the responsibility of parental care.

Lakhe dance competition from Sept 19

September 15, 2018 13:06 pm

CHITWAN, Sept 15: The 6th national lakhe dance competition is to be held in Narayangadh on coming September 19 and 20.

Learning one trip at a time

August 31, 2018 09:35 am

People travel for various reasons but mostly to acquaint themselves with new places and cultures or simply to escape the routine of work life but Arpan Sharma, co-founding director of PR at Nepalaya, claims to travel because he is a keen learner.

Gai Jatra in Kirtipur

August 27, 2018 07:40 am

Kirtipur is an ancient Newari settlement of Kathmandu. Its rich art, culture, and traditions portray the close link the ancient kingdom has with its bordering regions. However, Kirtipur is heavily influenced by modernization due to rising trend of establishing contemporary commercial hubs.  But despite the modernization, the ancient kingdom has still been giving continuity to its past customs.

IN PICTURES: Janaipurnima 2075

August 26, 2018 14:08 pm

KATHMANDU, Aug 26: The tagadharis or those who wear the 'Janai' (the sacred thread) around their bodies from the left shoulder change the sacred thread today after having a haircut and a bath on the occasion of 'Janai Purnima', also known as 'Rishi Tarpani'.

A culture encouraging isolation

July 26, 2018 11:37 am

Though Nepal is a country rich in cultural diversity, I find that my country has a dualistic nature in culture. For instance, on the one hand, women are worshipped as Goddesses, and on the other, the society we live in is highly patriarchal that has time and time again suppressed the voices of women. As a curious person, I question the duality resulting in the conceptual clash of perception.

Contemplating the eagerness of Newari youths to preserve their culture, Maiju Khala of Nepal Bhasa Manka Khala provided a month-long basuri training. Beni municipality-7 provided financial assistance for the training.

Exploring Nepal’s wilderness on foot is probably the best way to experience its natural beauty. Nepal is considered among the best trekking destinations in the world. Known for its majestic mountain ranges, Nepal introduces trekkers to a unique cultural experience of the sparse settlement there. One can expect picturesque landscapes with villages inhabited by different ethnic groups.

2018 Korean Culture Week kicks in

May 26, 2018 06:42 am

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea saw the opening ceremony of Korean Culture Week on Friday at Heritage Garden. The event witnessed by a multitude of Korean expats and Nepali youths aimed at enhancing the social ties between both the countries.

DHANGADHI, April 7: For the last eight years, Dhangadhi has been continuously in the limelight at least once in a year as all forms of media -- be it newspaper, television, radio and online – would extensively cover an event in Dhangadhi. The community in the far-western town that started convening local cricket tournaments has now been able to organize the Dhangadhi Premier League (DPL), a tournament with international recognition.

Anne McGuinness is a Tibetan-American who grew up in Kathmandu. When McGuinsess was younger, the only place where she could play sports was at her school. Although she was extremely interested in games, there were very little opportunities for her to play elsewhere.

BHAKTAPUR, March 11: From an ancient period, Bhaktapur’s Pottery Square has been a hub for the locals to earn their living through pottery. Elderly people as well as the local youths, especially belonging to the Prajapati community, have been participating to preserve this age-long culture.

Culture of inconsistency

March 5, 2018 01:00 am

A friend to whom KP Oli represented everything that was wrong with Nepali state has stopped writing after his relative joined coalition with UML

Café De Flore, a drama in dance form, was showcased at 25 Hours, Tangalwood, Tangal from Friday till Sunday. The soulful play was directed, written and choreographed by Alize Biannic.

KATHMANDU, Feb 12: Unlike the silent and strict periphery that it’s been known for, a library is one of the free spheres where children play, learn and grow at their comfort. Apart from the rot memorizing sessions that they go through in schools, kids require a space to unleash from the daily monotony.

Promoting culture through fine arts

February 7, 2018 18:18 pm

Narad Mani Hartamchhali, head of Architecture and other creative arts at the Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, has dedicated more than three decades of his life to the field of fine arts.

KATHMANDU, Feb 3: Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation Jitendra Narayan Dev has invited Chinese officials to visit Nepal and explore its natural beauty, cultural adventures and tourism.

KATHMANDU, Jan 22: Minister of State for Education Shesh Nath Adhikari has urged the book entrepreneurs to be decent and professional.