Ethics and Etiquette

Nepalis practice cultural etiquettes that may sometimes appear unusual to visitors. However, a handful of tips could acquaint visitors with these otherwise strange practices.

  1. The form of greeting in Nepal is 'namaste' performed by joining palms together.

  2. As a mark of respect Nepalis usually take off their shoes before entering someone's home, temple or stupa.

  3. Food or material that contains another's saliva is considered 'jutho' or impure.

  4. Touching something with feet or using left hand to give or take is considered offense among Nepalis.

  5. Women wearing skimpy outfits are frowned upon especially in the rural parts of the country.

  6. As a part of the tradition some Hindu temples do not allow westerners to enter.

  7. Leather articles are prohibited inside temple precinct.

  8. Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.

  9. To avoid conflict photography is carried out after receiving permission from the object or person.

  10. Public displays of affection between man and woman are scandalous.

  11. Nodding head and a slight dangling of head from left to right means 'Yes' while shaking head means a 'No.'

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