My friend Shankar Tamang wrote this short article about his country and I'm glad to share it with my readers.
He's one of the many - too many - Nepalis forced to work abroad, far from their families and often in hard condition.
In spite of all he's always happy and keeps a positive attitude. So many times he cheered me up when I was sad, and probably he was having more reasons than me to be down...
Culture name: nepalese
Atterrative name: nepali
Nepal culture represents a fusion of tibeto-mongolian and Indo-aryan elements.
For many inhabitants of Nepal Nepalese is a secondary language respect to the language of their ethnic group, but the most of them can speak Nepalese language.
Kathmandu is the capital city of Nepal. Prominent among symbols for the nation as a whole are the natural flower (Rhododendron), birds and animals, as well as the curved knives (kukhris) of the Gorkhas, who have fought for British army and Indian Army.
Nepalis have settled primarily in the lower hills and valleys, and in the Terai. The Tibeto-Nepalese people have distinctively Mongolian features and speak Tibetan languages.
Many Nepalis do not feel that they have eaten a real meal unless it has included a sizable helping of rice. The most of them eat rice twice a day, usually at midmorning and early in the evening.
Rice is generally served with lentils (daal), (tarkari) a cooked vegetables, pickles (achar).
In poor and higher altitude areas, where rice is scarce, the staple food is (dhiro) chapati and roti.
The large majority of the people is employed in subsitence farming growing rice, barley, wheat, millet and vegetables.
The name of the national currency is Rupee. Nepal is heavily dependent on trade from India and China.
81% of Nepalis are Hindu, Buddhist people are 9%, Muslim people are 4.4%, Christian people are 1.4%. Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in southern Nepal.
The highest elevation in Nepal is Mount Everest, world highest mountain, rising 8848m (29029F) above sea level.
There are many high mountains, including many 8.000: Makalu, Annapurna, Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, Chuoyu, Dhaulagiri, Manasulu, Himalchuli Saipal...