Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Travel the World - Week 5

This is the fifth week in my Travel the World personal challenge. Each week I am randomly choosing one country (there are 195 countries in the world) and doing a little research on that country. I then select one tidbit of information about the country as inspiration for the card I make.

This week's country is...


Nepal lies sandwiched between the two domineering land masses and national powers that are India and China, yet it still manages to retain a culture that is distinctly its own.

Over 80 ethnic groups reside in Nepal, making it a very diverse country.

Eighty-one percent of the country practices Hinduism, giving Nepal the largest population of Hindus in the world.

Nepal is the only country in the world with its own time zone: the Nepal Standard Time. The NST has a +45 minutes (or -15 minutes) difference from the neighbouring time zone.

Saturday is considered the only weekend day in Nepal. Most people work on Sundays, although some only work half a day on Friday.

Approximately half of the country’s population lives on just one dollar per day.

Instead of greeting each other with a handshake, residents put their palms together, bow their head, and say “Namaste.”

North Nepal is home to eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world, including the world's tallest mountain, Mount Everest.

Nepal has more than 900 species of birds, which accounts to 8.9% of the total species of birds all around the world. It has 4.2 % of the world’s butterfly species and 3.96 percent of the world’s mammal species.

Rice, corn, wheat, and sugarcane are among the chief crops of Nepal.

Elephant polo game was originated in Nepal. Tiger Tops in Nepal is the headquarters of elephant polo and the site of the World Elephant Polo Championships.

Cows are considered sacred and for that reason, many Nepalis do not consume beef. Because they are considered to be sacred, the country has made it illegal to slaughter cows. And if you accidentally kill one (they roam the streets), you can get up to 12 years in prison.

Something that is touched by another person's mouth is considered unclean in Nepal, including food. However, cow dung is considered pure and used for cleansing purposes.

Touching anything with your feet is considered to be unclean in Nepal. Stepping over someone or something is seen as disrespectful.

Even though Nepal has had the internet since 2004, its connections are some of the slowest in the world.

As electricity use in the country increases, most people have to deal with daily power outages.

Arranged marriages are common in Nepal.

In 2015, an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.8 hit the country. Over 6,000 people died, while more than 13,000 were injured.

The highest lake on earth, Tilicho, is 4,800 meters. It is located in this country.

Nepal is the world’s largest producer of mustard seeds and the third largest producer of ginger.

Over three-quarters of women and over half of men in Nepal have never consumed alcohol.

I decided to let this Nepal fact be the inspiration for this week's card...  Some of the largest wild honeybees are found in Nepal.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Stamp Set: Stampendous Honeycomb Wishes stamped with Memento Tuxeedo Black Ink and colored with Copic Markers

Papers: Recollections Black and 110# White and SU Hello Honey CS and DP from my scrap file

Embellishment: Offray Ribbon


Donna said...

I love to read these. Such fun facts. I have a friend who went to Nepal recently. He didn't say anything about cleansing with cow dung, though. LOL! Cute card. Love your images!

kiwimeskreations said...

A fascinating look at a little known country - thank you Jeanette. Love your card, that's a real cutie

Lynn McAuley said...

I was quite enchanted with your Nepal post!! What a remarkable place it must be to visit!!

Lovin' the honey bee card!! Super cute!