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Mark this special day with some excellent food
April 24th is a special day for many people. Fans of literature and drama may remember it as Shakespeare's birthday, while the English recognise it as St. George's Day. Elsewhere in the world the day is known as the date of Ireland's Easter Rising of 1915, and of Mauritius' inauguration into the U.N. in 1968. But to the Nepalese, it represents their transition to democracy.
The bill recognising Nepal as a federal republic came into effect in 2008 and elections were held in the same year. To remember the struggle and sacrifice of those who helped Nepal move towards democracy, the newly elected cabinet declared April 24th to be "Loktanta Diwas" – or Democracy Day, a public holiday marking the end of 2006's Janaandolan uprising.
Food plays a major role in Nepalese culture, so there is no better way to celebrate Democracy Day than to indulge in some Nepali cuisine. Didsbury's Namaste Nepal is one of the best venues to treat your tastebuds to Nepalese dishes in the Manchester area, so visit their website and book your table!
Subtly different from the Indian flavours to the south, and a world away from the cuisine available north of the border in China, Nepalese cuisine has a taste all its own. Namaste Nepal offers a range of traditional main courses, including Bhaktapur Chicken, which is barbecued chicken with spices and cream, Patan (chicken or lamb cooked with coconut and cashews) and Chaat Phat (also chicken or lamb, but prepared with light spices and chillis and mustard oil), amongst others. There are also Indian and other regional dishes, prepared with a Nepalese twist.
Starters and side dishes are also available, such as delicious momo; small dumpling parcels stuffed with traditional Nepali filling.
Of course Namaste Nepal open all year round, so don't feel that you need an excuse to venture down to West Didsbury and broaden your culinary horizons!