Explore unusual facts and quirky tidbits that give a wonderful, insider's view of Nepal, including topics such as lifestyle, religion, festivals, the arts, and more.
» The kitchen is sacred in a Nepali household and outsiders are only very rarely allowed in. Shoes must always be removed before entering this space. Garbage is never thrown into a fire, as fire is considered holy and should not be polluted.
» The topi is the traditional Nepali men's cap. It is a long, rectangular beret made from colorful Dhaka cloth with geometric patterns or solid black cloth. One may identify a person's village, or origin, from the unique design of a topi.
» "Om," which prefaces most prayers in Nepal, is considered to be the primordial sound made when God created the world. The technically correct spelling is "Aum," which is transliterated from Sanskrit.