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Culture of Nepal

Nepal has a rich cultural history, which is due in part to Nepal being sandwiched between both India and China. Since Nepal is also a very mountainous country, people exist at different altitudes which also affect the way in which they live their lives and hence their culture. The cultural diversity is also evident through the different ethnic and religious groups within Nepal. There are many behaviors in the Nepalese culture which put western cultures to shame, so it's important that you do not visit Nepal with a 'developed versus non-developed' attitude. If you visit a home in Nepal then you should also be extremely careful not to throw rubbish of any sort into an open fire as fires are culturally held to be sacred. This observation should also extend to camp fires if you are out trekking with Nepalese individuals. When eating, you should only use your right hand and ideally, you should try to drink without letting touching the drinking implement with your lips. You should also avoid 'polluting' food by 'contaminating' it with a used utensil.

You should dress modestly whilst in Nepal as the culture in Nepal is not one for exposing the body. Nudity is not acceptable anywhere under any circumstances. It is not acceptable for a male to take his shirt off and equally, women should not wear revealing clothes as both actions can be deemed offensive. Do not show affection in public, do not shout, and avoid making body contact unless this is essential. The lower parts of the body are the least revered and therefore it's important not to point at anything with your feet and it is certainly not acceptable to touch anything with your feet. Since the head is spiritually the purest part of the body, then it's equally important that you do not make any kind of physical contact with it. This means that it is unacceptable for you to pat a child on the head. .