“Atithi Dewo Bhawa”, in Sanskrit, literally means Guest is God. This adage expresses Nepali cultural character since the time immemorial. This reflects age-long cultural characteristics of the Nepali civilization that derived its linguistic, religious and socio-cultural features from Sanskrit. In the bygone days when lodges and hotels were nonexistent, travelers all over the country used to stay at any house they came across when it was too dark to move further. The inmates of the house used to treat the stranger as God for they believed that the guest would bring good omen, blessing and happiness to the house he/she stayed overnight. The guest would be treated with respect and all sorts of hospitality so that he/she would go out well satisfied and would in return bestow blessings.
General Guidelines for Nepalese Citizens on How to Interact with Visitors
At the Airport:
Lost & Found:
At Attractions & Historical…
While greeting, it is not customary to shake hands but instead you should join palms together and say “Namaste”. Namaste can be used for saying both hello and goodbye.
Men in urban areas are comfortable with a handshake upon meeting, but for women, allow them to offer their hands first.
Like in many other cultures around the world, women usually do not shake hands with other women.
Show respect for the elderly and greet the eldest person first when you enter the room.
Personal space is very much valued. Avoid touching or getting too close to another person.
Public display of affectionis considered a…