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The Beauty of Nepal

The country of Nepal is a unique, diverse, and beautiful country. Through our dialog project partners, I have learned much about this country. Nepal is a place filled with diversity, cultural traditions, pride, and many other wonderful qualities. My partner for this project has been Mr. Asheshwor and he has been extremely helpful throughout this entire process. During the past couple of weeks we have been asked to discover a few things: a symbol that our partner thinks best represents his/her country; a proverb; and a song, poem, or story that embodies his/her country. Mr. Ash, as he prefers to be called, has shared with me one of each of these topics. The symbol he gave me is the Nepali flag. The proverb is “Jaane lai srikhanda, najaane lai khurpa ko bid”, or “for those who know the meaning and use, a tool or knowledge can be very useful. But for others, the same tool or knowledge can be useless.” The final item is a song that is one Mr. Ash loves. It is called Hera Na Hera Kancha, sung by Aruna Lama.

The flag of a certain country can reveal much about its culture, heritage, and values. The Nepali flag is the only one in the world that is not in the shape of a quadrilateral. It is in the shape of two pennons, or pennants, stacked on top of each other. This represents a Nepalese pagoda and the Hindu and Buddhist religions of the country. It also represents the Himalaya Mountains that make up part of the country. The blue border symbolizes peace and harmony. This is especially meaningful since Gautama Buddha was born in Nepal and represents peace and harmony as well. The red color of Nepal’s flag is the country’s national color. It is also the color of their national flower, the rhododendron. This color symbolizes the incredibly brave spirit of the Nepalese people, as well as victory in war. Within the flags two pennons are two celestial bodies: the sun and the moon. The moon represents the soothing and calming nature of the Nepalese people. It also symbolizes the cooler weather of the Himalayan Mountains. The sun represents their steadfast resolve, and the heat and high temperatures of the more southern parts of Nepal. Before 1962, these celestial bodies had faces, but these were removed in order to make the flag more modern.
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The proverb that Mr. Ash gave me is “Jaane lai srikhanda, najaane lai khurpa ko bid”, or “for those who know the meaning and use, a tool or knowledge can be very useful. But for others, the same tool or knowledge can be useless.” It was wonderful that he included the proverb in the Nepalese language since it adds to the power of the proverb. This proverb shows the wisdom and knowledge the people of Nepal have and that they cherish it. It shows the value in education the Nepal people have. They know that to succeed in this life, education, knowledge, and wisdom are some of the most important things to have. They take one far in life.

The last item is the song, Hera Na Hera Kancha, sung by Aruna Lama. Aruna Lama was an old singer of Nepal. It is a beautiful love song. Looking online, I have found that many people love this song. It is an old classic, one could say, and they love Aruna Lama’s voice. For the people who have a connection with this song, it inspires feeling and memories of love and happiness. From this song, one can gather that the Nepalese people are a people of love. Love is a big part of their culture. The melody also evokes happy feelings and emotions of love. It seems to life the soul and the song makes one want to smile.

The country of Nepal is a beautiful one, and not just because of its breathtaking landscape. Its people, culture, heritage, and world are one of diversity and integrity. The flag of Nepal reveals a bit of the rich history of Nepal. The proverb reveals some of the values of Nepal. The song shows the character and qualities of the Nepalese people. Nepal is a diverse, unique, and wonderful country.external image nepal-index.jpg