The culture, traditions, and set of beliefs that is followed by the people of Nepal is very different and unique from anywhere in the world. They have their own ritual which differs and is mainly centered around giving respect to each other, celebrating milestones and brotherhood among all. The Nepali people are highly expressive and successfully express their motions through the mediums of musical performances, dance forms, and theatrical displays. Nepal is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant countries in the world offering an incredible plethora of options for one to explore the boundless wonderment this place has to offer.
If you are planning a Holiday in Nepal then here is everything you need to know about that place so that you are well versed with their traditions and cultures and don’t end unknowingly hurting their sentiments:
Dance and Music
The people of Nepal are highly religious and believe deeply in the strength of the higher power above. As per their folklore and local legends, the dance forms in this country had originated in the holy abode of Lord Shiva within the Himalayas. This shows us clearly that the various traditional dance forms are very primitive, ancient, and extremely unique in their own way. Just like in any other of the Himalayan regions the clothing, attire, and dance form see some slight variation as one ascends the hills of Nepal. One of the most famous dance form that is performed during the wedding is the Dishka which is made out of fine and intricate footwork and is performed at the backdrop of various instrumental music. The theme of these tunes revolves around various topics like harvest, good weather, blessings, war stories, stories of everyday life in villages, and marriage rites among a range of other themes. Another famous dance forms are Tharu stick dance and the crazy peacock dance which are performed by the locals here with great vigor and enthusiasm.
Nepal is inhabited by various types of indigenous and ethnic groups which make for the most prominent aspect of the Nepali culture. The population is so diverse that the customs and even the way of celebrating festivals Differs from one region or area to another. The common thread that binds them together is the belief of Hinduism and Buddhism which a major part of the country’s population follows. The duration of festivals in Nepal lasts from one day to several days. Since more than 80% of the Nepali Population are Hindus, most of these festivals find their roots deeply seated in this religion.
The longest celebrated and the most significant festival of Nepal is Vijayadashami or locally referred to as Dashain. This festival takes place during the month of late September and mid-October just as the monsoon season comes to an end. This day is considered to be extremely pious as it marks the day of victory over the demons. The people of the Newar community celebrate various festivals such as Diwali or Mohini Tewar, Bhai Dooj, Holi, Saraswati Puja, etc. new year’s in Nepal is celebrated as per the lunar calendar dates which take place in the winter month of November. Other significant festival celebrations include the birthday of Lord Buddha or Buddha Purnima and Maha Shivratri. Sherpas residing in the higher reaches of Mount Everest also celebrate the festival of Mani Rimdu for the betterment of the world. All these festivals include joyous dancing, musical performances, and spreading lots of happiness.
Nepal follows a range of a different set of customs and beliefs which the people feel comfortable. However, most of these customs can be traced back to the beliefs of Hinduism and Buddhism as mentioned above. When it comes to marriage customs the parents are responsible to get their children married off once they have come of age. One of the major customs that is followed by not only the Hindus in India but everywhere is honoring the cows and not killing them as it is symbolic of Lord Shiva and a universal mother as well. Non-violence is another significant custom that the Nepali folks follow since it is considered to be a major component in their religion. If you are a traveler you will observe that the locals here are extremely welcoming and warm. In the case of religious buildings like temples and holy shrines, visitors and devotees are not allowed to wear slippers while entering the temple and the interiors are kept sparkling clean.
Architecture and Archaeology
A unique inventory of 1,262 has compiled a complete inventory of Nepal Sampada Sangha i.e. Nepal heritage society. Significant archaeological sites have been found outside Nepal within the Kathmandu valley. The most iconic piece of historical and archaeological evidence is displayed in the Nepal museum which is that of a 16th-century statue of Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara which is gilded entirely in bronze. All this goes on to show us the incredible talent that this unique place has produced.
People have been capturing the beauty of Nepal and their people through various modes like those of painting, theatres, dances, and sculptures. Apart from this in the case of building architecture, people use wooden raw material that binds very peacefully with each other. They also follow the usual rules of house building as followed generally on the hilly terrains which keep them warm and cozy during the most extreme of the weather conditions.