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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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 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: 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.
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.