Pingala Khanal
Pingala Khanal
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Pingala Khanal
Pingala Khanal
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Ganga Nepal
Ganga Nepal

This is my neighbor, in bright yellow traditional clothes, worshiping in his house. He is sitting between two beds. Everyone has a place to worship in their apartment, even if they are only one bedroom. It is very important to us, so they make room for it. They offer donuts, rice, fruit, water, incense. I worship in own house also.

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Naina Dahal
Naina Dahal

Dipwali celebration. The second biggest celebration of Hindu culture. The festival of brother and sister. I am giving blessing to my brother, wishing him long life , prosperity and happiness. Sister give tika and garland to the brother and the brother give money and gift to the sister.

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Ganga Modhavi
Ganga Modhavi
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Mongali Nepal
Mongali Nepal
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Pabitra Niroula
Pabitra Niroula
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Naina Dahal
Naina Dahal
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Naina Dahal
Naina Dahal
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Naina Dahal
Naina Dahal
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Naina Dahal
Naina Dahal

This is my brother-in-law and his wife on their Bhoda (wedding) day, wearing a handmade necklace known as a garland only work on wedding day. It is a traditional arranged marriage. In my tradition husband and wife are blessed by family and friends. Each person takes a turn and places a tika on their forehead and gives their gift as well. In Nepal wedding are always outside. Family and friends sit around a banana tree on four corners and surround the Bauli and Buala (bride and groom)

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Tradition: The Bhutanese women carry their values, traditions and culture to their new lives in America.  These form a large part of their identity and connect them to their native home, while some actually became refugees because they were forbidden to practice these traditions and values in their home country. Many families also re-create temples in their new homes, to carry on important worshipping rituals. Families usually worship every morning and evening, though they may just do it once a day depending on their new schedules in America. Traditionally, they will light oil or candles and then pray.