January 29 - Martyrs Day in Nepal

Posted on January 29, 2019

Here is another day to memorialize the people who did good things, who were courageous, who were wrongfully killed. Nepal considers its first martyr to be Lakhan Thapa Magar, who bravely resisted a cruel dictator who grabbed power by violence and massacre.

Nepal is unusual in a couple of ways. First, it has the only non-rectangular flag...

Second, even though Nepal is now a secular nation (with most people in the nation practicing Hinduism or Buddhism), the cow is considered a national animal that is illegal to kill! So...there are a lot of cows wandering about.

Mount Everest, THE #1 highest
mountain in the world,
is located in Nepal, along with
#s 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10.
Eight of the ten highest mountains in the world are in Nepal - even though it is between Iowa and Illinois in size. 

For comparison, there are zero of the world's 100 highest mountains in Iowa or Illinois.

Indeed, there are zero of the world's 100 highest mountains in all of North America, or South America, or Europe, or Africa! They're all in Asia!

Again, even though it is so small (see above), there are 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For comparison, there are zero World Heritage Sites in Iowa and only one in Illinois.

Buddha's birthplace
Nepal is famously gorgeous:

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