Nepali Marriage Carnival (5 Days)
Overview The Nepali Marriage Carnival is a captivating 5-day journey that immerses travelers in the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal, centered around the vibrant celebration of a traditional Nepali wedding. This captivating trip also offers a unique opportunity to witness the colorful amalgamation of customs, rituals, and festivities that define Nepali matrimony. First Day sets the tone as participants arrive in Nepal's bustling capital, Kathmandu. The city's historical charm and bustling streets also pave the way for the cultural exploration ahead. Second Day delves into the heart of Nepali culture as travelers engage in immersive experiences, from intricate art workshops…
The Nepali Marriage Carnival is a captivating 5-day journey that immerses travelers in the rich cultural tapestry of Nepal, centered around the vibrant celebration of a traditional Nepali wedding. This captivating trip also offers a unique opportunity to witness the colorful amalgamation of customs, rituals, and festivities that define Nepali matrimony.
First Day sets the tone as participants arrive in Nepal’s bustling capital, Kathmandu. The city’s historical charm and bustling streets also pave the way for the cultural exploration ahead.
Second Day delves into the heart of Nepali culture as travelers engage in immersive experiences, from intricate art workshops to enlightening discussions on marriage traditions. The day also encapsulates the essence of Nepali customs and their significance.
Third Day also witnesses the zenith of the journey with the focal point – the Nepali wedding ceremony. Amidst grandeur and reverence, guests are welcomed into the sacred rituals that bind two lives in a union of love and commitment. This day exemplifies the crossroads of tradition and modernity, as age-old practices meet contemporary celebrations.
Fourth Day invites participants to explore the enchanting landscapes beyond the city limits. Amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Nepal’s natural beauty, travelers engage in outdoor activities that showcase the nation’s diversity – from serene mountain views to lush valleys.
The final day also encapsulates reflection and departure. Participants gather for insightful discussions on the significance of cultural preservation, the evolving dynamics of matrimony, and the impact of globalization on traditional practices. These conversations offer a deeper understanding of Nepal’s intricate societal fabric.
Throughout the journey, authentic Nepali cuisine tantalizes taste buds with flavors that mirror the diversity of the nation’s regions. Participants indulge in culinary delights that range from aromatic spices to delectable sweets.
Conclusion and Summary
The Nepali Marriage Carnival also transcends the boundaries of a typical trip, offering an unparalleled insight into the vibrant cultural traditions of Nepal. Through interactive experiences, heartwarming celebrations, and engaging discussions, participants are left with a profound appreciation for the intersection of heritage and modernity in Nepali society. This 5-day excursion is more than a mere trip – it’s an unforgettable cultural odyssey that leaves travelers with cherished memories and a deeper connection to Nepal’s soul.
- Traditional Nepali Wedding Ceremony: Witness and participate in a genuine Nepali wedding ceremony, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the sacred rituals, vibrant attire, and heartfelt celebrations that unite two souls in matrimony.
- Cultural Workshops: Engage in hands-on workshops that delve into the intricacies of Nepali art, craft, and culture. Learn traditional dance steps, create intricate henna designs, and partake in local music sessions to gain a deeper understanding of Nepali traditions.
- Culinary Exploration: Indulge in a gastronomic journey through Nepal’s diverse cuisine. From the fiery flavors of Newari dishes to the comforting warmth of momos, savor the essence of Nepal’s culinary traditions.
- Interactive Discussions: Participate in enlightening discussions with local experts, anthropologists, and cultural scholars. Gain insights into the historical context, evolution, and significance of Nepali marriage customs within the broader spectrum of the nation’s social fabric.
- Outdoor Adventures: Venture beyond the city to explore Nepal’s stunning natural landscapes. Engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, sightseeing, and enjoying panoramic mountain views, connecting with the country’s breathtaking beauty.
- Local Market Visits: Immerse yourself in the vibrant markets of Kathmandu, where you can shop for intricate handicrafts, colorful textiles, and unique souvenirs that reflect Nepal’s artistic heritage.
- Cultural Performances: Experience mesmerizing cultural performances that showcase Nepal’s artistic diversity. Enjoy traditional dances, music recitals, and theatrical displays that bring the nation’s cultural stories to life.
- Historical Tours: Embark on guided tours of historic sites and temples in Kathmandu, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Boudhanath Stupa and Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), to discover the spiritual and architectural wonders of Nepal.
- Local Interaction: Interact with local communities and families, gaining personal insights into their daily lives, beliefs, and practices. Engage in heartwarming conversations that broaden your understanding of Nepal’s cultural nuances.
- Cultural Exchange: Share your own cultural experiences with Nepali locals, fostering cross-cultural connections and creating memorable moments of mutual learning and understanding.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport, our representatives will receive you offering garlands and transfer to hotel.
After having breakfast in the hotel, we go for sightseeing around Kathmandu valley. We would visit Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath, Baudha, Krishna temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square and in the afternoon, we go to Nagarkot via. Bhaktapur. Nagarkot, located about 14 km north east from Bhaktapur at the height of 2,200m. is best known for sunrise and sunset view and mountain views. Upon arrival in resort, we will be greeted with welcome drinks and check in to the room. We would view sunset and go for dinner.
When the breakfast is served, we drive to Dhulikhel (1437 m) from Nagarkot. Lunch will be served at Dhulikhel. It is the preparation day of marriage. Two houses (one for bride and another for bridegroom) will be arranged in a rural setting. In the afternoon, we go for short trek around Dhulikhel valley. Bride and bridegroom will be transferred to their respective houses. Immerse with their respective family members. Dinner will be served with the family members. Cultural program will be performed in the evening.
Bride will be transferred to the house of bridegroom with the marriage procession. Both the bride and bridegroom will be well dressed in Nepali attire. The priest will perform pooja .When the pooja is accomplished, bridegroom will take bride to his house. He will be supported by the procession. Cultural program will be performed in the evening.
Having lunch in the hotel, we would drive back to Kathmandu. In the evening, we would go for shopping. Farewell dinner will be served in the evening. Overnight in the hotel.
Back home destination.
- Accommodation: Comfortable and well-located accommodations throughout the 5-day journey.
- Meals: Daily meals that showcase the diversity of Nepali cuisine, including traditional dishes and local specialties.
- Transportation: All necessary transportation during the trip, including airport transfers and transportation to various cultural and historical sites.
- Guided Tours: Guided tours of historic sites, temples, and cultural landmarks in Kathmandu and surrounding areas.
- Traditional Wedding Ceremony: Participation in a genuine Nepali wedding ceremony, allowing you to witness and engage in sacred rituals.
- Cultural Workshops: Interactive workshops on traditional dance, art, and craft, providing hands-on experience and understanding of Nepali culture.
- Outdoor Activities: Outdoor adventures like hiking, sightseeing, and exploration of Nepal’s natural beauty.
- Cultural Performances: Attend cultural performances showcasing traditional dance, music, and artistic expressions.
- Expert Discussions: Engage in enlightening discussions with local experts, scholars, and anthropologists about Nepali marriage customs and broader cultural context.
- Local Interaction: Opportunities to interact with local communities, families, and individuals to learn about their way of life and traditions.
- Flights: International and domestic flights to and from Nepal are not included.
- Travel Insurance: Participants are responsible for their own travel insurance coverage.
- Visa Fees: Any fees associated with obtaining a tourist visa for Nepal.
- Personal Expenses: Expenses of a personal nature such as souvenirs, additional snacks, beverages, and shopping.
- Optional Activities: Any optional activities or excursions not explicitly mentioned in the trip itinerary.
- Tips and Gratuities: Tips for guides, drivers, and service staff are not included and are at the discretion of the traveler.
- Additional Meals: Meals not specified in the itinerary are not covered.
- Medical Expenses: Any medical services or treatments required during the trip.
- Transport Outside Itinerary: Transportation for activities or excursions beyond the planned itinerary.
- Excess Baggage Fees: Fees for excess baggage on flights or during transfers.
Everest Expeditions Nepal is not only specialized in adventurous activities like trekking, mountaineering, expedition and sightseeing, the agency takes its pride in arranging Nepali Marriage Ceremony for the foreign couples. “Nepali Marriage Carnival” is a special package that we have set specially for the foreign couples. In this carnival, the couples can tie their nuts in Nepali system. Nepali marriage system is unique and rich in itself. Celebrating this carnival is to taste Nepali culture, especially matrimonial system. Thus, participate in this carnival and feel the difference forever!!
How to Participate?
Candidates wishing to participate in the carnival must come with spouse. For booking, candidates are requested to contact us. Price and detail information of the program will be provided on request.
How is marriage arranged in Nepal?
All groups in Nepal follow some form of clan, , or local descent group exogamy, at least through the fifth generation. Hypergamy is not commonly practiced except among some Rajputs in the Terai a few interethnic marriages where trade-offs are made between ritual status and class. For most Tibetan-and Tibeto-Burman-speaking groups a ritual and often substantial payment is made by the groom to the bride’s family. Cross-cousin marriage is not practiced among many groups such as the Sherpa and Hindu caste groups. However, the Thakuri permit and prefer cross-cousin matrilateral marriage. Other groups such as the Tamang and Nyinba prefer bilateral cross-cousin marriage.
In general, most marriages are made between couples of the same generation. However, the average age of marriage partners is increasing as education becomes more important and available. Monogamy is the most common form of marriage in Nepal, although a few Individuals in most groups also practice polygyny. A number of Tibetan-speaking people, such as the Nyinba, Sherpa, and Baragaonli, practice variant forms of fraternal polyandry. Throughout Nepal most marriages are arranged by the Parents of the couple, though with varying degrees of involvement and control. Among high-caste Hindus, marriages have typically been arranged wholly through the decisions of the couples’ families.
Young men and women of Tibeto-Burman-speaking groups in the middle hills, on the other hand, have more occasion to interact with one another and may induce their parents merely to arrange marriage ceremonies for them. An unusual, and perhaps more legendary than actual, practice among Tibeto-Burman-speaking groups is wife capture. In such a case, following the abduction of a woman, both she and her family need to agree to a marital arrangement or the relationship is dissolved. Eloping is mainly practiced among more impoverished families. After marriage, couples typically live with the husband’s extended family for a number of years. However, among the Sherpa marriage takes place in stages, perhaps for years. Thus a husband and wife may continue to live with their respective natal families for years and only visit each other. Once the wife’s dowry is arranged and/or they have children, they move in together.
In groups throughout Nepal young wives look forward to visiting their natal families during their first few years of marriage. It is not uncommon for women to leave their husbands and return to their natal family or for men to leave their wives and form a union with a new wife. If bride-price has been paid it may have to be returned in part to the husband. Women are allowed to claim rights to their husband’s property if they have been abandoned, especially if they have children. Second marriages are not condoned for high-caste Hindu women, and they result in a reduction in social and ritual status if they occur. Men also gain a bad reputation if they divorce their wives, but they do not lose ritual status if they remarry.
For other groups Divorce involves much less stigma for women. Among the Magar, for instance, women who leave their husbands and remarry lose a few ritual privileges, but this is nothing compared to what happens to high-caste women.
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