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Nepal's Gai Jatra Festival

The festival of Gai Jatra is a long-standing tradition in Nepal, offering those who have lost a relative in death over the past year the opportunity to help their deceased love one on his or her journey to heaven by leading a cow in a procession through the streets of Kathmandu. If the family does not have a cow, a young boy can dress up to resemble a cow, with a painted face or mask, and participate in the procession. Either way, followers believe that the ritual will secure a place in heaven for the departed. Celebrated in the Nepalese month of Bhadra (corresponding with August-September in the Gregorian calendar), Gai Jatra is one of the most popular of Nepal's many festivals and is well supported by participants and spectators.

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The Nepal Scouts – Promoting Social Responsibility

Founded in 1952, the Nepal Scouts is the national Scouting and Guiding organization of Nepal which is affiliated with both the World Organization of the Scout Movement and the World Organization of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. With a membership exceeding 32,000 Nepal Scouts promotes the Mission of the Scout Movement in contributing to the education of young people with the goal of building a better world where self-fulfilled individuals contribute to the welfare of society.

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Enjoy the Adrenaline Rush of Zip-Flying in Nepal

Covering a distance of 1.8 kilometers, with a vertical drop of around 2,000 feet, the ZipFlyer Nepal offers an adrenaline rush that is sure to last long after the two-minute ride is over. Based at Sarangkot, near the bustling city of Pokhara, the zip-slide may not be the longest in the world, but with an incline of 56 percent, it is believed to be one of the tallest and steepest. Speed can vary depending on the weight of the rider, but can reach up to 140 km/hour before being slowed down by the state-of-the-art magnetic braking system which brings the rider to a safe and complete stop.

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Nepali Singer Rajesh Payal Rai

Considered to be one of the most popular playback singers in the Nepali movie industry, Rajesh Payal Rai has more than 300 film songs to his credit, with his folk, pop and contemporary songs estimated to be in the region of 700. Recognized at a young age for his extensive and melodious vocal talents, this Nepali singer has enjoyed a successful career for two decades now, and looks to the future with enthusiasm having overcome a very serious illness not too long ago. His recent tour in eastern Nepal was a resounding success, with thousands of fans turning out for every show. Regarding his performance in Beldangi, in Jhapa District, where an estimated 100,000 fans attended, the singer noted in a recent interview that it was one of the most memorable shows in his career in terms of crowd presence.

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Protecting Nepal's Wildlife with Conservation Drones

Conservationists in Nepal are investigating the viability of using unmanned aircraft to monitor activity in hard-to reach areas of the country's national parks. On June 12 a test was conducted in Chitwan National Park by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) with Nepali officials present including the Forests and Soil Conservation Minister, Director General of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Nepal Army representatives, and Chitwan National Park's Chief Conservation Officer.

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Tengboche Monastery in the Khumbu Valley

Located at an altitude of 3867 meters in the Khumbu valley of northeastern Nepal's Sagarmatha Zone, the village of Tengboche offers a spectacular panoramic view of a range of famous Himalayan peaks, including Everest, Lhotse, Tawache, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Thamserku. Legendary Sherpa Tenzing Norgay was born in the nearby village of Thani, and it is said that attended the Tengboche Buddhist Monastery for a time. Apart from the spectacular scenery, the Tengboche Monastery is the main attraction of the village of Tengboche.

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Third THEM Victory to Lukla Competitor

Held every year on May 29, the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon (THEM) commemorates the pioneering Everest expedition by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. The 2012 event had a total of 155 competitors for the marathon and half-marathon events, of which 93 were visitors from foreign countries including Britain, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, India and the United States. The event, which is in its 10th year, was won by 24-year-old Phurba Tamang from Lukla who completed the marathon in 3 hours, 41 minutes and 31 seconds, making it the third time he has claimed the victory in this challenging event. The half-marathon race was won by 29-year-old American, Tempe Caldwell.

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Football – Nepal's Most Popular Sport

As the most popular sport in the country, football in Nepal is governed by ANFA – the All Nepal Football Association – which is responsible for national and club competitions. ANFA was established in 1951 and has been affiliated with FIFA since 1970. In March 2012, FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter visited Nepal, where he met with a number of officials, including the country's President and Prime Minister, to pledge FIFA's support to the game of football in Nepal and to inaugurate the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup.

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