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» Most Nepalis eat by hand. Only the right hand is used, since the left is reserved for other tasks and is considered unclean. Western utensils are mostly reserved for restaurants and upscale households in the valley.
» 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.
» People passing a holy image, statue, carving, or temple will often give praise by touching their fingers to their foreheads and hearts three times. They may also smudge some sindoor powder as a tika on the statue. Some images of gods and goddesses are literally laden with a thick patina of the red substance.