CULTURE OF NEPAL
My homeland "Nepal" is a small landlocked central Himalayan country in South Asia. What it might lack in sheer size, it makes ups in vast cultural and traditional diversity which has evolved over the centuries. Though I might not possibly be able to share all my cultural experiences, there might be one specific tradition that sums up all my festive feelings that I can share with the Colgate Community.
"Bhai Tika" is a rich cultural festival that is celebrated during late October every year. On the day of the festival, sisters invite their brothers for a sumptuous meal. The whole ceremony signifies the duty of a brother to protect his sister, as well as a sister's blessings for her brother. On this day, sisters pray to Yamraj "God of Death" for her brother's long life and prosperity. Sisters put seven coloreds long Tika on the forehead of their brothers.
It might initially seem that it is limited to brothers and sisters, but over the years this practice has grown to symbolize love, that brings a community closer. Strangers without siblings gather in a place and celebrate this culture with same festivity and in the end, they gain a meaningful relation that remains for life.
This simple festival brings a community closer and spreads the feeling of brotherhood. During my four-year journey in Colgate, I enthusiastically look forward to sharing this culture and bringing the Colgate community closer.