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Dress Code/Demonstrative Behavior in Public Places

Common Etiquettes

  • Some tips on the common etiquette practiced by Nepali people should be useful to visitors.
  • The form of greeting in Nepal is "Namaste" performed by joining both palms together. It literally means "the divine in me salutes the divine in you".
  • As a mark of respect Nepalis usually take their shoes off before entering someone's house or place of worship.
  • Food or material that has been touched by another person's mouth is considered impure or "jutho" and, therefore, is not accepted unless among close friends or family.
  • Touching something with feet or using the left hand to give or take may not be considered auspicious.
  • Women wearing skimpy outfits are frowned upon especially in the rural parts of the country.
  • Public display of affection is considered scandalous.
  • Nodding of head means "Yes" while shaking of head means a "No". A slight dangling of head from left to right means "OK".
  • You can accept a handshake offered by either a male or a female but never offer your hand first. To avoid conflict photography is carried out only after receiving permission.

[Source : Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation]