Nepal is a small landlocked country situated in the southeast region of Asia. It is surrounded with two giants India in the southern, western and eastern region and China in the northern region. Nepal has a population of 30 million which is mostly comprised of Hindu people(80%), Buddhist(15%) and the remaining 5% of Muslim, Sikh. Nepal is geographically divided into three regions: Mountains, Hilly and Terai regions. About 60% of the Nepal population is found in the hilly region. Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal, holding the population of just over a million. Nepal is a naturally gifted country having many numbers of mountains, lakes, valleys, historic monuments, glaciers, fast flowing rivers and rare animals.
Most Nepali people speak Nepali language and Nepali is the national language. Aside Nepali language Bhojpuri, Newari, Magar, and Sherpa are few predominant languages as secondary languages. Nepal has its own calendar system: Bikram Sambat(B.S.). Nepal has a grammar which is very similar to Indian grammar, in fact, most of the Nepalese can understand Indian Language pretty well. Characters in Nepali grammar are derived from Indian grammar and Sanskrit.
A huge majority of Nepalese are involved in agriculture as a profession. Nevertheless, the rate seems to decline in recent years. Aside agriculture, most people are also engaged in private business. Lots of tourist board Nepal to enjoy Nepal natural beauty and historic and influential monuments. This seems the perfect opportunity as a guide for tons of Nepalis, their livelihood is based on the income coming from it. In northern part of the country Porter is regarded as family job for Sherpa people and they have been following it through ancestors. These days Nepalese moving to foreign as a labor worker seems soaring. In 2018, it was noted that about 1 million Nepalese went abroad for work. Major destination for abroad labors is an Arab country.
Identity and pride
Nepalese are considered people with hard working ethics. They are also called “Bir Gorkhalis”. Nepalese are proud people who are not afraid to risk their lives when there is the apocalypse. Nepalese are dead serious when someone talks about rampaging Nepal,
better watch out when you want to comment about Nepal in front of a Nepali. There’s an intriguing past history of Nepalese becoming heroes serving their nation during world war II. Nepalese are known for their bravery since times immemorial. Nepal had great armies, even constituting of women and children who were destined to serve their country. But their only weapons were stones, tree logs, and knives (khukuri). It is because of these brave warriors also known as Bir Gorkhalis Nepal has not once been invaded by foreigners. Inspired by those stories, Khukuri is considered is considered Nepal’s national weapon. Khukuri is also included across many governmental sectors as a symbol.
Nepal and India relationship
Nepal and India are considered very close allies. Most Nepali people have lifestyle and beliefs similar to Indian people however, some groups share the culture and tradition from China too. Visa system is not applied for citizens of both countries for traveling across both countries. Nepalese are culturally driven by Indian culture. There are many common festivals that are celebrated in both Nepal and India, for example, Diwali, Holi, Raksha Bandhan, Shivaratri, Eid, etc. Most Indian and Nepalese have similar food habits.
Most Nepalese have Rice, Daal, and Vegetables in the morning as a breakfast meal, appropriate time for a morning meal is 9 a.m. Generally, night meal is composed of Chapati and vegetable for most of the family, and the meal is taken at around 9 p.m.
Nepalese don’t eat beef; killing cows is considered illegal in most part of the country. A cow is a national animal of Nepal. For most Nepalese killing cow is against their religious belief; Cow is considered deity for Hindus too.
Momo, Thukpa, Dhindo, Gundruk, Daal Bhat, Sel roti, Pulao, Gorkhali Lamb, Sama Baja, Yomari, etc are food unique to this region, you should give a try when you consider coming to Nepal.
Nepalese have very distinctive accents across different parts of Nepal, generally, people in the eastern part of the country are considered pure and fluent Nepali speakers. Nepal is still wrapped up with people believing superstitions and following superstitious rituals. Some rituals are worth risking people lives. There’s a Sati Pratha(ritual) – wife has to die along with husband when the husband dies; now this system doesn’t happen to be encountered often. Some women are accused of witches(boksi) and they are beaten to death; Nepal government considers people who accuse witches as a witness of a crime. Some Nepali women during menstruation period are literally forced to stay away from home and are not allowed to touch males.