Nepal is a landlocked country between China and India, renowned for its mountain peaks. The small country contains 8 of the 10 highest peaks in the world and very famous for its historical, traditional and cultural beauty.
Nepal is named for the Kathmandu valley, where the nations creator recognized a capital in the late eighteenth century. Nepali culture represents a mixture of Indo-Aryan and Tibeto-Mongolian influences, the result of a long history of movement, invasion, and trade.
Nepal was declared a secular country by the parliament on May 18, 2006. Religions practiced in Nepal are: Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Christianity, Jainism, Bon, ancestor worship and animism. The majority of Nepal’s are either are Hinduism or Buddhism. The two have co-existed in harmony through centuries.
Buddha is widely worshiped by both Buddhists and Hindus of Nepal. Hindu Nepalese worship the ancient vedic gods. Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver and Shiva the destroyer , are worshiped as the Supreme Hindu Trinity.
The culture has many symbols from Hindu and Buddhist sources. Fortunate, signs, including the ancient, decorate buses, trucks, and walls. Other important symbols are the emblems (tree, plow and sun)used o design political parties.
Well-known among symbols for the nation as a whole are the national flower and bird, the Rhododendron and Danfe , the Flag. the plumed crown worn by the king, and the crossed khukuris of the Gurkhas, mercenary regiments that have fought for the British army in a number of wars. Images of the current monarch and the royal family are displaced in many homes and places of business. In nationalistic rhetoric the metaphor of a garden with many different kinds of flowers is used to symbolize national unity amid cultural diversity.
“Preservation of one’s own culture does not require disrespect for others culture “