Cultural: Hinduism and Kathmandu Valley

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Topics: Nepal, Hinduism, Marriage
Nepal is a landlocked country, which is located in South Asia, between China and India. Nepal is rich in natural resources although it is poor in economic condition. It is renowned for the highest Himalayan ranges in the world. Nepal is a place, filled with diversity, pride and other wonderful qualities. In Nepal, all the customs and traditions differ from one part to another. The capital city of Nepal is Kathmandu Valley, which was established in late eighteenth century, has various mixed culture. Kathmandu Valley has a moderate temperature with hot summer and dry winter. In summer, temperature varies from 28°C to 38°C and winter temperature varies from 19°C to 3°C. People living in Kathmandu Valley are well educated and are rich in culture and various traditions. There are numerous types of religions in Nepal such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity, Islam but the majorities are either Hinduism or Buddhism. The residents of Kathmandu Valley are mostly Newars and the Newari culture blends both Hinduism and Buddhism.
I have come far away from home to United States for my further education and now I have a chance to experience a different type of culture and tradition but the beauty and traditional culture of my hometown will always be in my memories. I belong to a Newari community and my language is Newar (which is also my native language). Although there are people from different communities in Nepal, that sense of brotherhood and warm reception for strangers is always seen especially in our traditions. We celebrate many festivals that help explain our traditions, which I think are clear and understandable. There are several festivals that are celebrated every year. Some of them are Dashain, Tihar, Yomari Punhi, Ihi, Rishi Panchami, Nag Panchami Gathe Mangal and many more. The two Newari cultures that are presented in this essay are Yomari Punhi and Ihi.
Yomari Punhi is one the most popular festival in Newar community. It is celebrated annually during the

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