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HAPPY Yomari Punhi ( योमरी पुण्ही), Udhauli (उधौली) festival & Tamu Loshar to all

Dec 30, 2020

Yomari Punhi ( योमरी पुण्ही) is a harvest festival celebrated by the Newari people. The festival gets its name from Yomari, fresh-harvest rice sweetmeat, prepared especially during the festival and enjoyed by all.

Yomari, literally means ‘tasty bread’ in Newari language. Yomari is a sweetmeat of rice-flour (from the new harvest) dough, shaped like fig and filled with molasses and sesame seeds, which is then steamed.

Sacred masked dances are performed in the villages of Harisiddhi and Thecho at the southern end of the valley to mark the festival.

Udhauli (उधौली) is festival of the Kirat communities of Rai, Sunuwar, Vanyaaa, Lohorung people, Limbu and Yakkha of Nepal India and around the world by Kirati People celebrated every year marking the migration phase downwards towards the low-altitude regions when the winter season arrives.

The word Udhauli is conjunction of the word Uhdo + Auli which means Udhauli or downward.

Tamu is another name of Gurung community of Nepal and Losar means New Year. Tamu Losar is celebration of Gurung’s New Year. The Tamu Losar marks the beginning of the Tamu Sambat or Gurung Calendar Year.

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