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» Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is often called the "Remover of Obstacles" and is generally prayed to before starting an invocation to any other god.
» Children often start to perform family chores when they are around two years old. That may include fetching water from a local spring or well, assisting with meals, feeding the animals, or just doing small tasks around the house.
» Calling a person by name is unusual in Nepal. Generally, one's social level or position in one's family carries an identifying title, which is considered a preferable form of address. For instance, dai means older brother and bahini means younger sister — not necessarily your own, but someone senior or junior to you. When names are used, they will be combined with the qualifying status in the family, such as 'Rajeev dai' or 'Susmita didi'.