Traditional norms, values and practices are either already superseded by more liberal, modern and open approaches or in the line. It is said, older generation has lost its influence, power over burgeoning newer generation thus contributing for old practices to disappear. Even, it is alleged that, culturally, religiously or socially still relevant and important centuries-long traditions are at risk at the hands of younger ‘digital generation’. Not only in cities, even in small towns, villages and countryside, long practiced important traditions, be they cultural, social, religious etc. are about to extinct thanks to burgeoning ‘bad’ young generation.
But, wait! Things have not gotten worse to the extent as is often thought. Our rich, old traditions are still alive and functioning. Yes, they are. And, the credit for conserving those heritages goes to none other than today’s young generation. Yes, they are the ones upon who the future of the country rests if to repeat the ‘cliché’ yet again.
Tika-Jamara and swings (Linge or Rote) are staples of Dashain. It was often thought that swings were becoming obsolete in the greatest festival of Nepalese. But, this Dashain, I found a very different picture. Roped swings were hung in most places and the sight was common. Even at the heart of bustling Lakeside, Pokhara, there were both roped and wooden-made (Rote) swings especially installed for Dashain and upcoming Tihar and people were crowding to play on it as it is said one should relieve the mother earth of their load by being on a swing once in a year. I later knew, it was an effort of a local youth club.
The sights of swings (mostly roped ones) was common throughout along the Prithvi Highway, too. And, no doubt, those efforts were mostly from young men.
A ‘Rote Ping’ at Deurali, Gorkha, seen at Dashain.
People seem to be unaffected by the ordeals such as price-hike, insecurity, government incapacity etc. when it is about working for their culture, when it is about preserving heritages. Even in adversity and desolation, they are working. Eventhough the onus of promoting and preserving cultures lies on the government, its apathy and zero attention is nothing unusual in our country. Even without help and support from the government, people are working on their own for the uplift of their culture. Its great. They are great. Hat off to them!
Until a few years ago, such sight was not that common, but in most recent years, such sight is common. It seems, the younger generation has finally understood the values of such traditions. After working for years in foreign countries as being humiliated, low-paid and snubbed, Nepali youths might have finally understood the value of their own homeland, their own rich traditions and practices. And, now they are working to preserve them.
It is great. Nepal could be far better off with this young ‘Nokia generation’ than with the old, conceited ‘Dev Anand era’ one.