Entertainment and Sports in Nepal

Nepal is well known destination for adventure and leisure holidays. Traveling in Nepal is dream of various adventure lovers. A taste of Nepali culture is still sought by tourists. Nepal has a long history about sports. From the Mall dynasty to current Nepal sports is still just a way of entertainment. Nepal has also several festive games as traditional sports of various regions which belongs ethnical groups all over the country. People of Nepal celebrate and play different games as their typical culture during the festive moments. The crawling situation of sports should take a big jump to get the international level since few years’ football and Cricket is getting as profession. Players are taking sports as profession and the process is rapidly. There have been many practices to develop the sports in Nepal. May sports clubs, groups are formed. We are trying to list out the sports information of Nepal. In modern days Nepal is also adopted several globally renowned sports Football and Cricket are the most popular sport among of them in Nepal.

All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) is the responsible body for the football development in Nepal. For a long time, football has been uniquely popular in Nepal and Cricket is the most popular sport in Nepal after football. Cricket was introduced to Nepal by the ruling Rana dynasty when they returned from studies in England and India in the 1920s. The Cricket Association of Nepal was formed in 1946 to promote cricket amongst the aristocracy. To develop sport culture in Nepal there are also established many clubs and sport grounds in cities of nation wise. In the Mountain and Himalayan regions people participated for their game show during many times of year in different cultural occasions. Some of the most renowned traditional sports of remote are – Horse Ridding, Race, Mountain Horse Polo, Bull Race, Sheep Fighting and Archery. Horse Ridding and Archery are very popular game in Trans Himalayan districts of Manang, Mustang and Dolpo’s remote area. Sheep Fighting and Bull Race are also most popular in Annapurna region’s Kaski and Lamjung areas of pasture land. Since the beginning of Nepal’s history the Himalayas have been a rich treasure house of folk songs representing the country’s varied topographical and ethnic characteristics. As one could perhaps expect, Nepalese music has strong religious: many religious processions are accompanied by instrumental music (mainly percussion instruments) while bhajans, or hymns, are often part of temple ceremonies. The latter are usually accompanied by the harmonium.

Apart from religious music; folk songs have long been a source of entertainment both in towns and villages. These are either sung by local residents or by travelling musicians who make their way.Nepal’s theater tradition dates back to the Malla period, when plays used to be enacted in palace courtyards and within temple precincts. It seems that the most popular forms of theater at this time were skits, comedies and adaptations from Sanskrit dramas. Theater entertainment was then neglected for several centuries and only became popular again in the 1930s. The making of Nepali films is said to have begun with D.B. Pariyar's Satya Harishchandra, which was the first Nepali-language film to be shot. It was produced from Kolkata, India, and was released on September 14, 1951. Aama (meaning mother) was the first film produced in Nepal and was released on October 7, 1964. The festivals of Gai Jatra and Indra Jatra, for examples, feature exciting mask dances, while festivals such as Ghanta karna act out ancient myths in drama form. Family ceremonies such as marriage and pasni, feeding an infant his first rice meal, are also a source of merriment and entertainment.

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