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Siliguri Corridor – Linking Nepal and Bangladesh

The “Chicken’s Neck”, also known as the Siliguri Corridor, is a small area of land that has been the center of a regional controversy in Asia for more than 50 years. First recognized in 1947, the Siliguri Corridor is located in a region between India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

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Newa Cuisine: The Art of Serving Water Buffalo

Newa, or Newari cuisine is one of the more distinctive varieties of Nepalese cooking styles. Developed over the course of several centuries by the Newar people of Nepal, Newa cuisine bears a number of differences from other, more typical Nepali menus. The main feature of Newari cuisine is the abundance of non-vegetarian dishes.

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Mani Rimdu – Vanquishing the Demons

Based on the Tibetan lunar calendar, the festival of Mani Rimdu in Nepal will commence at the time of the full moon in the middle of October – with the last three days of the festival open to the general public.

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The Amazing Music of the Traditional Damai Musicians

The Damai musicians have a long and distinguished history, and are known for their dramatic and rhythmic performances during festivals. It is believed that the name, Damai, is derived from one of their most prominent instruments, a kettledrum that is known as a Damaha. Damai musicians are divided into specifically named groups, depending on the instruments and the ritual or festival that is related to the performance.

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Bel Bibaha – Securing a Woman’s Future

The traditional customs and practices of the Newar community that live in Nepal are often interesting to learn about. Most of their practices and beliefs are things that can never really be fully understood by questioning westerners, but still, it is worthwhile taking at least a brief look at these various customs.

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Caste System in Nepal

The Caste System in Nepal seems to be fading very rapidly, especially with the increase of tourism, contact with other countries and the influence foreigners have on local communities. By law, the caste system does not exist in Nepal, but changing a law is easier than changing an entire country’s perspective. Some people still abide by the system, some only adhere to it in certain aspects, and in some cases it does not affect locals at all. The caste system in Nepal is only in operation socially and even though the law states that there is to be no discrimination, it does still flow strongly through the veins of some communities.

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Red Machchhendranath Rath Jatra Festival

There are a number of annual festive events in Nepal which curious travelers enjoy watching each year. The festivals in Nepal are colorful affairs filled with meaning for those who participate in them. One example of this is the Red Machchhendranath Rath Jatra festival.

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Losar – Tibetan New Year

Every year certain cultures celebrate the heralding of the New Year according to their own calendars which they have been using for centuries. In Tibet, the New Year is known as ‘Losar’ and it is celebrated for a period of fifteen days. However, Tibet is not the only place where these celebrations are enjoyed. Many people also celebrate Losar in Nepal.

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