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Photo by Kendall Marianacci, Nepal Semester.

A Letter to Mrs. Joseph’s 5th Grade Class

Namaste Mrs. Joseph’x 5th grade class!
I am Mrs. Joseph’s daughter, Garland, and I have been living in the beautiful country of Nepal for three months. I thought you all might like to know some information about Nepal, since I myself knew very little before coming here. The capital of Nepal is Kathmandu. I spent most of my time in this city and I have found it to be very similar to many of our own cities in the United States. Although many people live in the Kathmandu valley about 85% of Nepalis live elsewhere in the country. Some live in Northern Nepal which is very cold and home to yaks, snow leopards, the Himalayan mountain, and the world’s tallest mountain, Mount Everest. Other live in southern Nepal which is very hot. Southern Nepal has many jungles which is home to animals such as rhinos, tigers, and elephants. Lumbini which is also in the southern Nepal is the birthplace of the Buddha who was the creator of the religion Buddhism. The two main religions of Nepal are Hinduism and Buddhism. Both of these religions and have many religious rituals and celebrations, because of this I was told that in Nepal there are more religious holidays then there are days in a year. In Nepal their are many different cultures and ethnicity. Almost every ethnicity has their own unique language which means that everyone can speak Nepali and their other language. In Nepal’s recent history there was a major earthquake in April of 2015. Although much of Nepal has been able to recover, the devastation of the natural disaster can still be seen today. I hope you all have enjoyed this brief introduction into Nepal. I would suggest looking up more information about Nepal because, it is a beautiful country and I have loved living in it for the past three months!