No festival in Nepal would be complete without folk dance, the beautiful sounds of the madal, and singing. There are almost as many different types of folk dance as there are tribal and ethnic groups in Nepal. However, they all share the similar themes of love, romance, courtship, happiness, and sadness. Dances also often portray elements of nature, animals, and birds. Colorful, ornate costumes are worn, many of them accessorized with rich gold jewelry and elaborate hair decorations.

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