Jatra

Apart from the cuisines, Newars are well known for their lavish festivals and the word Jatra is used for carnivals. To those who have known or been to Kathmandu, they probably realize that all this is not something new. To those who have learned to respect the valley for its color and novelty, we’ve got…

The Living Goddess

When Nepal opened up to the outside world in the 1950s and the first early tourists started coming in, they used to photograph cremations at Pashupati, monks in Boudha and monkeys on Swayambhu and most of them still do that. The other must-see was the Kumari Temple and the living goddess of Kathmandu which soon…

Marked by numbers – Janku

 The Newar ceremony of Janku celebrates age, life, and togetherness irrespective of the gender. The term ”janku” can imply different things at different stages of a person’s life and the date for celebrating janku is calculated on the basis of the lunar calendar.   The elderly couple is dressed as bride and bridegroom, dressed lavishly…

Lapate Bhoye

If you’ve been reading my blog for #MyFriendAlexa then you already must have figured out that  I have been writing about Newars of Kathmandu and also wrote about the cuisines couple of days back. If you’ve missed that one then I have compiled the posts at the end of this post, do read it =)…

Newari Cuisines

Of course, you have heard about Nepal and the cuisines but have no idea about Newari cuisine which is a subset of the Nepalese cuisines and consists over 200 dishes. Newars are famous for their feasts and as promised last week, I am going to list very few of the dishes or rather my favorites.…

Newari Traditions

The Newari culture is a beautiful and complex part of Nepal. Newars generally, hail from Kathmandu and are rich in traditional values, customs, and literature. The Newari culture is perhaps one of the richest ones in stories, proceedings, and family ties – the most exquisite practices there prevail. I hope you’ve read my previous post,…