Lying at the foot of Himalayas, the kingdom of Nepal is a land of enchanted landscapes and old temples; land rich in history, culture and traditions.
From 2007, Nepal, abandoned the monarchy becoming federal democratic republic of Nepal. Its boundaries determine the fusion of different ethnic groups because it is flanked to the north by republic of China and to the south, east, west by India.
The different ethnic groups determine different religions, too; although the Buddhism is historically related to Nepal, it is a religious minority; in fact the Hinduism is practiced by a larger majority of people. Despite this, many others follow both religions and both traditions.
The religion determines the most of holidays of the country; about Buddhism, in fact, there are three different traditions: Himalayan Buddhism, Kathmandu Valley (Mahayana and Vajrayana) Buddhism and Theravada Buddhism.
So, the fusion between religion and ethnic groups makes Nepal one of the countries in the world with the highest number of holydays related to folklore or celebrations; both in Kathmandu (Nepal’s capital with 30 million inhabitants) and in all country there are more than 50 occasions covering about 120 days a year.
All holydays fully express culture and traditions, taking advantage of craft and local dances. The art, in fact, is the basis of the traditions of Nepal overall in architecture in which love for ornaments and faith are expressed, while the dance reflects the essence of simplicity, depth and energy of Nepalese people.
Two of the most significant and full of folklore holidays are Tihar in November (festival of lights) and Holi festival in March on occasion of arrival of spring.
From the beginning of celebration of this latest, colored powders are scattered through the streets of the city but also are thrown in the wind. In fact it is very easy be covered with various colorsEy that time singing (another Nepalese tradition) and dancing cheer up the area and animate the party. The women wear their traditional cloth, the SARI (cloth that has a variable length from 4 to 9 meters and wraps the body around with different methods depending on its function), precious fabrics embroidered with the more bright colors, tens of jingling bracelets (in plastic or glass) cover their arms; the men cover their head with the fetz, typical and traditional male hat.
Then, between the scents of incense, a prayer to the temple and so the feast of life is celebrated! One of the most popular rhythmic expressions and beliefs of the people of Nepal, is NEPALY FOLK dance.
This year, the Orient’s Festival will celebrate the arrival of Nepal and its traditions through the participation of Consulate and Natural yoga Nepal Dance Association. NAMASTE!