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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!

» Kathak classes in India and Nepal usually run eight to ten hours a day, seven days a week. It takes a student approximately 10-15 years to reach a proficient level after studying with a guru and passing strict written, oral, and practical examinations.

» 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.

» Hawking up mucus and spitting are commonplace; this is meant to remove the dust, grit, and pollution which are inhaled. Education has now made people aware that such habits spread disease in the community, but it is only slowly dying out.