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.
Tattoo making has always been a part of Nepali traditions. Back in the days, it was a cultural norm among the Rais and Limbus of the country. Now, it has assumed form like it has done in most countries – it is how millions immortalize memories, maintain faith and derive strength in difficult times. Tattoo artists, as such, take great pleasure from their work and so does Sumina Shrestha.
There was a time when Dashain meant kites fluttering across clear blue skies, struggling to stay up in the air, the long bamboos of the temporary swings squeaking as kids took turns pushing one another, and never-ending elaborate feasts. It wasn’t unusual for families to put aside ongoing feuds and come together for tika. It was a time to be merry and rejoice.
Sanskriti Rijal, a school student, went on a Annapurna Base Camp trek during the recent Dashain holidays. She says her parents didn’t object as this is the only long holiday she gets at her school and she wanted to ulitize it properly, and not by carrying out rituals she barely even understands.
Many countries all around the world celebrate fatherhood by observing a day for dads. If you want to put a new twist on your Father’s Day celebration, implement one of these customs from another country.