With its diverse ethnic groups and ages-old traditional beliefs, Nepal has numerous cultural practices. This may appear bizarre to a person on his/her first visit to the country. With this in mind, some considerations on different cultural aspects act as important.
List of things:
- “Namaste” or “Namaskar” to elders performed by joining the palms together exists as a form of greeting in Nepal.
- Before entering a Nepali home, temple, and, stupa, always remember to take off your shoes.
- Be careful not to use your spoon, fork or hand you are eating with to touch other’s food, plate, cooking utensils or the serving dish. Likewise, do not eat from other people’s plate and do not drink from other people’s bottle or glass. Nepali people consider it impure.
- Do not lick your fingers after eating any food. Also, blowing your nose loudly in public considers being outrageously gross by some.
- Never touch anything with your feet. Nepali people consider this as an offense.
- Dress appropriately while traveling. Furthermore, women should especially avoid dressing in skimpy outfits.
- Seek permission first before entering a Hindu temple. Many Hindu temples do not allow entrance for westerners or non-Hindus. Likewise, leather articles act as strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.
- Walking around temples or stupas remains traditionally done clockwise.
- Take photographs only after receiving permission for the object or person being photographed.
- Public displays of affection between man and woman result in frowning upon. Do not do something that is totally alien to our environment.
- Expressing sexual feelings/desires in public is unacceptable in the Nepali culture.
- Remember, many times, when a person shakes his head from left to right, he may say “YES”.
- Develop genuine interests to meet and talk to Nepali people and respect their local customs.
- When shooting in Nepal, it is advisable that you do not have anything in the script that offends Nepal’s national institutions, religion, customs, and culture. Moreover, the film must not be deemed as a threat to its security.