Sunday, July 9, 2017

Culturally recommended behavior in Nepal

Namaste means hello
Namaste (Photo Source: Raiguide)

You are a guest in Nepal and it is appreciated if you behave like Nepali.

  • Say Namaste when you meet people.
  • Dress decently (no short or revealing clothes)
  • Do not show affection in public.
  • Do not point your feet (unclean) to people and point with full hand, not with one finger.
  • Do not step over person.
  • Do not touch or step over offering (red powder, flowers, rice).
  • Do not use your left hand (dirtu).
  • Receive and give with two hands.
  • Ask permission before taking people’s photographs.
  • Do not give local kids for pens or sweets.
  • Discourage begging, pay fair prices.
  • Take your shoes before entering a monastery or house.
  • Go clockwise around Stupa, Mani etc.
  • Do not eat, smoke or be loud at religious sites.
  • Women should avoid touching monks/lamas.

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