An ethnic community called Newar community in Nepal has many traditions and cultures. Newars (the people belonging to that community) are well-known for their rich traditions. Among them, there are two important ones that every Newar girl undergoes before she is an adult and/or gets married.
The first is called as 'Ihi' or 'Bel vivaha' which means marriage with a Bel fruit. The second one is 'Barah' or 'Gufa', marriage with the sun. Both of these ceremonies are considered as marriages which is why a Newar girl will never be a widow even after her husband passes away. These traditions have been carried down from generations to generations for many years.
Megha Vaidya is a graduate of English Literature and Culture from Nepal. She has been living in the Netherlands for more than three years now. She is a coordinating assistant at Indigo-Wereld, a Navigator at Eindhoven 247, an Invigilator at British Council and a crocheter. She likes meeting new people, listening to their stories and share her own.
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