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.
» It is very common in Nepal to rinse the mouth and gargle after eating. This is done for cleaning purposes and to remove the odor and taste of the food eaten. It is a remnant of the days before the notion of dental hygiene developed in the country.
» The ritual killing of tens of thousands of goats during Dashain is done as quickly and humanely as possible. The animal must give its consent, which is ensured by dripping water on its head, thereby making it "nod" in agreement. These days, however, more and more people view the slaughter of animals during festivals as cruel and inappropriate and have begun campaigning against it.
» The small ornament Indian and Nepali women wear above the bridge of the nose is called a tika and signifies several different things. It represents the third eye of Shiva, which seeks out and destroys evil and is a sign of religious dedication and worship. If the tika is red, it indicates that the woman is married. The younger generation of Nepali girls don't always wear tikas, but when they do, it is often more of a fashion accessory than a religious symbol.