» Most animals have a special significance in Nepal. The crow, for example, is the messenger of death. The cat is seen to be the servant of a witch and when a dog howls, people believe that someone will be dead the next day.

» Saraswati Puja marks the day that children first start to learn their alphabet. The goddess of learning is thought to help all those who ask for assistance, and it is believed that beginning one's studies in this manner will ensure success.

» 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.