It’s always amazing to experience something you’re not used to. However, in Nepal, you will never have enough of such experiences. With all the festivals, breathtaking views, charismatic mountains, mesmerising lakes, and diverse traditions, you will never be bored in this country. It has so much to offer; it’s like experiencing an open book. And yet, it still stays a secret from most of the foreigners.
There are a few things that may seem strange or bizarre if you are unfamiliar to Nepal or even if you are a Nepali yourself.
Here is the list of things that happen only in Nepal.
1 Worshipping A Dog
Every dog has its special day in Nepal. Yes, you heard it right. Every year, pets and stray dogs are treated alike and are decked with garlands as a symbol of respect and dignity.
Wondering why dogs are worshipped this way? Well, the answer lies in Hindu mythology. Dogs are regarded as the Vahan (vehicle) of Yamaraj also known as the God of Death. It is no hidden secret that dogs can sense danger, more importantly, death, and are specifically worshipped on this day.
2 Skydiving From the Top of the World
When was the last time you did something crazy? Skydiving from the highest point on earth can be a totally new experience for you. So, what are you waiting for, adventures lovers? Everest is calling out to you!
If you want to feel the adrenaline high in your body, jumping from the highest point of the earth can be the best experience in your life. With the most mesmerizing views of the Himalayas, alongside this nerve-wracking adventure, Nepal will not disappoint you. Undeniably, it is the most thrilling aerial adventure experience you will ever have.
3 Jugs of Yak’s Blood
Just the name of the practice itself, ‘The blood-drinking festival’, is strange. Yet, its one of the most fascinating celebrations of Nepal and an explicit show of Nepali culture.
In the remote villages of the mountainous area of Nepal, people follow an odd tradition of drinking yak’s blood with the belief that consuming it cures problems of gastritis, impotence, and belly-swelling.
4 The Bride of Bel and Sun
You might have heard of love marriage or arranged marriage, but have you ever heard about a girl being married to a fruit or, better yet, the Sun? In Nepal, the Newari girls have the tradition of marrying Bel (a fruit) and the Sun in their pre-adolescent period.
Yes, you heard it right! This custom is practiced to ensure that the girl becomes and remains fertile. A very unique practice which has been passed on through generations, it’s strange to hear that such a tradition exists, isn't it? But at the same time, it is precisely what makes the Newari culture so precious and irreplaceable.
5 Astonishing Version of Eloping
How complicated can an elopement be? Generally, it is regarded as the marriage that takes place between a girl and a boy who runoff from their homes to secretly get married.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Nah!
In Nepal, you can find a bewildering version of elopement marriage in Gurung, Limbu, and many other communities. Here’s how it works: a group of people participate in a cultural gathering. During the time of celebration, any guy can fall in love with any girl at first sight, and they quickly end up eloping together. Bizzare, eh?
6 Kumari: Nepal’s Pride
Can you imagine the existence of god in real life? Yes, in Nepal, you can see Kumari (the living goddess). This extraordinary culture is a perfect example of the intertwining yet peaceful co-existence of religions that Nepal is known for.
Nepalese believe Kumari as the manifestation of Lord Durga (Taleju Bhawani) in the body of a pure prepubescent girl. She is worshipped until she suffers some kind of injury or illness or until her first period.
7 The Search for Yarshagumba
Recently, Yarshagumba (Cordyceps) has been certified as a rare herbal medicine to cure deadly diseases like cancer. This herb is found only in Nepal. Most of the people in the Himalayan region of Nepal are engaged in the business of Yarshagumba.
Yarshagumba is not cultivated, it is found growing naturally on government land as well as inside national parks of Nepal. It usually grows in monsoon. And the most interesting part is, during that time, even the schools and colleges in the region are shut down because the students and teachers flee to the higher hills in search of this rare medicinal plant. Imagine just how important this herb is!
There are so many other things that one might find strange or bizarre, a list can definitely not define it. You just HAVE TO visit this beautiful piece of land hidden in the middle of Asia to discover all its secrets!
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