Traditional Daishan Swings, Nepal

As the heart of the world turns toward Nepal, I am reminded of its beautiful tradition of communal swings–constructed to celebrate the festival of Daishan in September-October.  Bent bamboo and coconut ropes make for a uniquely graceful swingset, and the goal of the suspended swing, which sometimes dangles from a height of 20 feet, is to swing as high as possible.   Tradition says that it will make you forget your troubles, and may even take you to heaven.   May there be many Daishan ‘pings’ this year.

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