By Griffin Eaker
The women's clothes are very colorful and long with the end of the dress touching the ground.
The Nepalese celebrate most Hindu and Buddhist holidays.
Wars through the 18th and 19th centuries against China and India for independence and territorial gain resulted in great periods political instability. Central Nepal was split into three kingdoms from the 15th century until the 18th century, when it was unified under the Shah monarchy.
The mid-20th century began a period of becoming more democratic but the country remained politically unstable under the monarchy.
Economic problems in the 1980's eventually led to a civil war from 1996 to 2006 between the government and the communist party.
In 2008, the monarchy was replaced by a parliamentary government.