Nepali culture is rich and has a rare vibe to it. Most people live in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, where cultures has to be establish the national identity. Since Nepal’s independence in the 18th century, the Kathmandu Valley has been functioned as the country’s main cultural capital.
Cultural Diversity of Nepal
In terms of cultural heritage, Nepal is the country that has a lot to contribute. Nepalese culture is a combination of both Indo Aryan and Tibeto Mongolian culture. Moreover, Hindi and Buddhist traditions also have the impact at the Nepali culture. This multi-dimensional cultural heritage also includes the cultural diversity of various ethnic, tribal, and social groups. Nepali culture has also manifests itself in various ways, including music, dance, religion, festivals, and food.
Religious Traditions Of Nepal
Nepal’s Buddhist traditions are old and unique. It is because of the great respect of people towards Lord Buddha. Buddha was born in the Nepal which is at Lumbini in Kathmandu in there is also old and well-known Shiva temple.
However, you can find other templates, Buddhist monasteries, and worship sites for other religious groups throughout Nepal. Nepalese celebrate many Hindu and Buddhist philosophical ethos and traditions. These traditions and ethos include Kashmir Shaivism, Tibetan Buddhism, and tantric traditions, many others. However, Tantric traditions, including the practice of animal sacrifices, are not much functional in Nepal. The Himalayas kingdom is the home of the Gods, as per religious groups, and has a particular association with Lord Shiva. With time, Nepal slightly changes at the broad categories of Buddhist stupas at the archaeological sites. The relative status of family life in Nepal includes the deep belief for Hindu and Buddhists in old customs and religious understandings.
In Nepali society, different ethnic groups, Hindus, Buddhists, and other animist ethnic groups, were merged into the caste order. High caste Hindus are at the top of the class system. Then Mongolian ethnic groups which are below the higher cast. Untouchable Hindu castes are in the bottom. The Kathmandu Valleys have a caste system which is merged into the national caste system of Nepal. Moreover, a large community of Kathmandu also involves the people of Indian and Tibetan groups. Large necklaces, wide cuff bracelets, and heavy earrings are common in Northern India’s Tibetan styles. Nepal’s ethnicity follows the wide range of Nepali culture and customs. Nepali believes that following the ethnic rules is the requirement in the everyday life of Nepalese people.
Dance and music
The dances are a part of Nepalese traditions. Moreover, there are various types of dances. The Mishka is the wedding dance which involves sophisticated footwork and arm gestures. Music also plays a significant role in the dancing culture of Nepal. Themes such as agricultural harvesting, marriage rites, war stories, love saga and stories from ordinary villages are accompanied by various musical instruments.
Festivals in Nepal
One of the important festivals is Dashain, and it is Nepal’s most extended celebration. According to the lunar calendar, Dashain usually occurs from late September and mid-October. It is a celebration of Victory.”
With religious traditions followed by many other religious groups, the Nepali culture celebrates Buddha Jayanti’s day. Buddha Jayanti is one of the other special occasions in most festivals that celebrate the birth of Buddha. Sherpas, mostly found at higher elevations and in the Mount Everest region, celebrate an important festival of Mani Rimdu. People celebrate it to mark the the Hindu and Buddhist traditions.
Many tourists of the Nepal tourism board love visiting the place because of the traditional social hierarchy. Gai Jatra is another well-known celebration (cow festival). The cows (very sacred animals) carnival is referred to as Gai Jatra. However, the celebration is held to remember loved ones who have died. To walk along the street, people sing, dance, and dress up like cows and other characters too. It is an event held to help people cope with the loss of a loved one or one who is dear to the family.