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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!

» Most Nepalis eat by hand. Only the right hand is used, since the left is reserved for other tasks and is considered unclean. Western utensils are mostly reserved for restaurants and upscale households in the valley.

» The ritual killing of tens of thousands of goats during Dashain is done as quickly and humanely as possible. The animal must give its consent, which is ensured by dripping water on its head, thereby making it "nod" in agreement. These days, however, more and more people view the slaughter of animals during festivals as cruel and inappropriate and have begun campaigning against it.

» Pashmina scarves are a specialty of Nepal. The delicate hair used to make them comes from the underbelly of a special mountain goat and provides extreme warmth. Both men and women wear pashmina shawls during the colder months.