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Welcome to Utpalasia’s Did You Know? page. Here we explore some of the lesser known tidbits of information about South and Southeast Asian countries, their cultures, and lifestyles. We also take a look at a variety of topics ranging from dance trivia to manners and etiquette. Have a question you’d like answered? Let us know what you would like to see featured via Twitter or email!

» Ganesha, the elephant-headed god, is often called the "Remover of Obstacles" and is generally prayed to before starting an invocation to any other god.

» Nepali women, like most Indian women, love their bangles. These are sold both in shops and stands and come in every color of the rainbow. Bangles may be made of wood, plastic, metal, or, the Nepali favorite, glass. Married women usually have a special set in red which is reserved for festivals and holidays.

» Nepali women paint the part in their hair with deep red sindoor powder to indicate that they are married. It is equally common to see a single crimson dot at the hairline in the middle of the forehead.