Nepal is blessed with one of the richest
cultures in the world. Culture has been called 'the way of life for an
entire society'. The statement holds particularly true in case of Nepal
where every aspect of life, food, clothing and even occupations are
culturally guided. The culture of Nepal includes the codes of manners,
dress, language, rituals, norms of behavior and systems of belief.
Nice to Know
» The culture of Nepal is a unique combination of tradition and
novelty. The traditions are followed as they were and new customs are
created to keep pace with the changing times.
» Culture in Nepal is an assemblage of music, architecture, religion
» The mountain kingdom of Nepal is multi-ethic and multi-lingual. The
land is rich with unique cultural groups like Tharu,Yadav, Ahir, Newars and
Nepalese are among the most hospitable hosts. This is the reason for which
tourists from far and wide enjoy coming to Nepal time and again. Local
Nepalese are generally rural people who welcome the tourists to their homes
for tea, coffee or supper. Nepalese are culturally warm, hospitable and
affectionate hosts who place their heart above their head.
Daura-Suruwal, typically termed as 'Labeda-Suruwal' is the traditional
Nepali dress. The dress has several religious beliefs identifying its
designs and has therefore remained the same from the years. The Daura has
eight strings that serves to tie itself up around the body. Eight is the
lucky number in Nepali mythology.
Also, the Daura has five pleats or Kallis, signifying Pancha Buddha or
Pancha Ratna. And the closed neck of the Daura signifies the snake around
the Lord Shiva's neck. The Nepali dress for women is a cotton sari (Guniu),
that is gaining great popularity in the fashion world.
The main rituals followed in Nepal are naming ceremony, rice-feeding
ceremony, tonsure ceremony, ceremony of giving Nepali Sari (Guniu), marriage
ceremony and funeral rite.The rituals are still prevailing in society and
are performed with zeal.. Different ritual experts have different roles in
Astonishing enough, seven out of the ten world heritage sites in Nepal are
termed cultural by UNESCO. Thus, the stupas, monasteries, temples and
architecture are all representatives of the rich cultural heritage of Nepal.
The following are the cultural world heritage sites of Nepal.
» Kathmandu Durbar Square
» Patan Durbar Square
» Bhaktapur Durbar Square
» Changu Narayan Temple
» Swayambhunath Stupa
» Pashupatinath Temple
» Bouddhanath Stupa
Apart form the world heritage sites there are other pilgrimage sites in
Nepal that hold great cultural importance. A tour to these places will make
you familiar with the rich Nepal culture.
» Barah Chhetra, Halesi Mahadev, Janakpur, Pathibhara, Tengboche in
» Manakaman, Gorkha, Lumbini, Muktinath, Gosainkunda, Tansen,
Kathmandu Valley in Central Nepal
» Swargadwari, Khaptad Ashram in West Nepal are famous pilgrimage
sites in Nepal.