Customs and traditions
Hospitality is important for Nepalese.
However, a visitor should remember not to enter a
residence - or an individual room - without being
invited. Hindus often have many unwritten rules about
who may enter or touch what. Namaste is the usual
greeting phrase, pronounced with hands pressed against
each other in front of the chest.
Physical contact between man and woman is unusual in
public. Boys and men, on the other hand, can hold each
other in the hand or walk arm in arm without attracting
any attention. As visitors, one should avoid touching
Nepalese at all; an incorrect gesture can be perceived
as an insult.
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An invited guest is normally offered something to eat
and is not allowed to participate in housekeeping. It is
important to only eat with your right hand if no cutlery
is present. You should also wash both hands and face
both before and after the meal. The left hand and feet
are considered unclean, it is especially important not
to touch other people with them. Nepalese never step
over the legs or feet of others.
You should also avoid touching other people's food
and not pouring water yourself. Whoever is invited to
food should eat everything that is served; It is more
polite to ask the host to remove some food before
starting to eat than to leave food on the plate.
For most Nepalese, rice is a staple food, and you
will eat huge portions of rice twice a day. The rice is
served with the lentil dal and often some vegetable
stir. In the high mountain regions, rice is less common
and you often eat a kind of porridge made from corn or
millet. Most people only eat with their right hand,
sitting on the floor.
Food and drink habits vary to a certain extent
between the groups. High-caste and upright Hindus are
vegetarians and do not drink alcohol. Traditionally,
they have also been reluctant to eat food prepared by
strangers, which has paved the way for a limited
The influx of foreign visitors and a general
modernization has largely changed that. Other people
groups both eat meat and drink alcohol.
Traditions and holidays
In Nepal, a large number of celebrations are
celebrated. Many of them are religious while others are
national. One of the most important festivities is
dasain, which is celebrated in the autumn, after
the rice harvest. It is a two week long Hindu festival
to celebrate divine victory over evil. Family and family
gather and thousands of animals are sacrificed in the
land in honor of the gods. The holiday always ends at
the full moon.
Not long after, the light festival tihar (or
diwali) is celebrated when you light candles
and socialize, and children walk from house to house and
The Nepalese New Year is celebrated in April,
although Tibetans and Sherpa celebrate their own New
Year in February. Buddha's birthday is celebrated in May
and the god Krishnas in August or September. There is a
horse festival and a cow festival.
Anyone who wants to enter a temple should consider
wearing clothing that covers shoulders and knees. In
Hindu temples you take off your shoes and any leather
belts. In some Hindu temples, non-Hindus are not
UCPN-M calls for protests and strikes
The Maoist party UCPN-M (the former guerrilla) is organizing a mass
demonstration and announces a three-day strike that will strike large parts of
the country. The reason is that UCPN-M requires to form government because it is
the country's largest party.
The UML leader forms a new government
The Constituent Assembly elects the Marxist Leninist party UML leader Maghav
Kumar Nepal as new prime minister. He is forming a new broad coalition
The Prachanda government is falling
Nine months after taking office, Prime Minister Prachanda resigns, and his
party UCPN-M leaves the country's coalition government. The reason is that
President Yadav reversed Prachanda's decision to dismiss the army chief.
Prachanda's decision came after the army chief refused to integrate former
Maoist rebels into the regular government army, despite being included as part
of the peace agreement.
Maoist CPN-M becomes UCPN-M
Nepal's largest party, the former guerrilla movement CPN-M, merges with
another Communist party and changes its name to Nepal's United Communist Party -
the Maoists (UCPN-M).