Most people in Nepal follow Hinduism (80%) and Buddhism (10%), but this country is known for its religious tolerance and harmony, which I think the rest of the world can learn a lot from.
This passed weekend, I was lucky enough to get invited by my friend Ashmita to her grandmother's to celebrate Teej, the most famous festival celebrated by Nepali Hindu women.
It's a festival that celebrates marital bliss and the long life of their husbands.
We danced. We sang. And we feasted (dar). The women had to fast a couple days from then.
As soon as I walked inside, Ashmita told me all about the festival. We made our way to the roof and as I approached, dozens of women and kids smiled and greeted me with Namaste (hello).
And Ashmita's grandmother Ruku, who lives in Maligaun, gave me two green & red bangles.
The colour green is for luck. And red, well...Teej is a small red insect that comes out of the soil during the rainy season and I hear it's the reason most women wear red during festival time.
Check out how I saw the festivities: (Ashmita's family was super pumped to get family photos.)
I am in love with this family. They're so warm and welcoming. I have to admit, knowing little Nepali worried me, but once I picked up my camera they were loving the attention and communication become that much easier.
'Til next time. Over and out.