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Holy Holi!

March 21, 2011

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Humanity in general loves spring. We like the flowers that bloom, the return of the daylight hours, and the warmth in the air. Around the world, religious celebrations and the changing seasons seem to go hand-in-hand — in the states we have Easter, Passover, and the Spring Equinox, all marking the coming of new life. […]

My totally surreal Thanksgiving Eve

November 26, 2010

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I need to get this down while it’s still fresh in my head. And I didn’t take any photos, so I apologize, you get a photo of my niece and nephew watching TV on Thanksgiving at my parents’ house instead. But this is what happened to me on the day before Thanksgiving in Kathmandu: Taylor […]

After Tihar: City-wide hangover

November 10, 2010

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Think you can party hardy? Thought you were pretty wild during your college days? Then you ought to try bringing the party to Nepal during Tihar, because I’ll bet you this country can out-celebrate and out-party even *you* during their festival of lights. So Tihar — also known as Diwali in some circles — is […]

The big, bad, bamboo swing

November 1, 2010

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Just a few weeks ago, all of Nepal celebrated Dasain, the biggest national holiday of the year. It’s a two-week-long event that involves family gatherings, animal sacrifices, offerings to the gods, blessings, and lots of food and drink. We lonely Westerners didn’t have family to visit, so we weren’t privy to all the festivities that […]

The day I saw a living goddess

October 5, 2010

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How many people can say they’ve seen a living goddess? In Nepal, quite a few. Some Fulbright folks (and me, their resident tag-along) got the chance to see one a few weekends ago at Indra Jathra, a Nepali festival celebrating the end of the monsoon season. Some Hindus and Buddhists believe the Kumari is a […]

Oh yes it’s ladies’ night

September 10, 2010

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Today was the second day of Teej, a Hindu festival for women. It’s a three-day affair that’s celebrated in different ways in different areas, but in Nepal, celebrations go a little like this: some feasting, some fasting, much dancing, some singing, one day of temple-visiting, some puja (religious ceremony) observing, a little lamp-lighting, and a […]