• Affection between men and women, even married, is
selfdom expressed. Public kissing, hugging, and hand- holding
are offensive to most Nepalese and a sign moral. But it
is acceptable for two men to walk hand in hand.
• Anger is best not expressed openly. It causes
you and the person you’re mad at loss of face.
• Baksheesh is an extra payment for a service performed
and is usually given to porters or laborers at the end of
the job. It can be money or clothes or anything else and
there is no set rate.
• Bargaining is to be expected. Don’t bargain
if you’re not really interested. If your price is
accepted, don’t try to back out, and don’t try
to get an even lower price.
• Bathing in the hills is very conservative. Men
should wear shorts; women should wear a lungi pulled up
under the arms.
• Children are spoiled crazies. Don’t be surprised
if you are the center of attraction everywhere.
• Clothing is conservative. Men should not go bare-
chest and shorts should be conservative. Women should avoid
bare shoulders halter tops, and shorts. Ties and suits are
not necessary except for special occasions.
• Conversations may have ‘dead’ patches.
Nepalese are not uncomfortable with silence.
• Cows are sacred. They go and sleep where they
want. Watch out for them if you must stretch them out while
sitting on the floor. Never step over anyone, and always
move your feet let people avoid stepping over you.
• Gifts are rarely given and seldom opened in front
of the person who has given it.
• Heads are sacred and should be treated with respect.
Never should be treated without respect. Never take who
has given it and never take a topi (hat) off a man’s
head, even in fun.
• Invitations often arrive at the last moment. Don’t
be surprised or offended, it happens to everyone. If you’re
busy, even a short appearance is enough.
• Jutho (impurity) refers to food that is ritually
polluted and therefore inedible; any food which has come
into contact, either directly or indirectly with the month
• Left hands are used for cleaning oneself after
going to the toilet. It is never used to pass or accept
things, whether food at the table or money with a shopkeeper.
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