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Diaries of a British-Nepalese bride: ‘If you like it, then you gotta put a bangle on it…’

By Bandana Upadhya

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Photo credit: Rhijuta Dahal

I was in Nepal recently during a festival called Teej, popularly termed a ‘women-only’ festival. Teej appears to go on for weeks in Nepal though it is primarily a fasting festival that lasts 24 hours, during which women –rightly or wrongly – make a 24 hour sacrifice of hunger and thirst in return for a specific blessing from Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The unmarried asks to be blessed with a “good” husband; while the married woman selflessly wishes that her husband is granted a long and healthy life. There might be other reasons for Teej, but these are the most commonly shared ones. Continue reading “Diaries of a British-Nepalese bride: ‘If you like it, then you gotta put a bangle on it…’”

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Breaking Ramadan Fast at My Neighborhood Mosque

By Richa Pokhrel/@NepaliChoriBlog

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Photo Credit: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Last Saturday, Chris and I joined our Muslim friends to break fast for Ramadan. This was my first time being inside of a mosque. Coincidentally, it was only 3 blocks from our apartment. This place of worship was inside a house so we had no one idea it even existed. That day, Chris had decided that he wouldn’t eat anything, he did eat breakfast, but chose not to eat or drink anything until we joined our friends later that evening. Unfortunately, I do not do well with fasting so I decided that I would eat during the day. I have had experience with fasting, Hindus fast as well and throughout my life I have attempted to fast. Fast forward to 8 o’clock when we met our friends. Our male friend showed us how to clean ourselves before we entered. The cleansing part was very refreshing and I found it similar to my Hindu background.  Continue reading “Breaking Ramadan Fast at My Neighborhood Mosque”