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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, Google+, or email!


» Motorcycles, commonly called motorbikes, are popular in the Kathmandu Valley and surrounding areas. They are more affordable than cars and are able to navigate the crowded streets with more ease than larger vehicles. It is not uncommon to see an entire family, including babies and young children, perched atop one.

» 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.

» Fasting on certain holy days is not only desirable, but expected. For some, this means no food or water for the entire period. For others (such as children, the elderly, and pregnant women), fruit and yogurt may be consumed and/or juice or water may be drunk to offset the difficulty of the sacrifice and maintain their health.