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Yomari Punhi

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The festival is said to have started from panchal nagar(present day Panauti). Myth has it that Suchandra and Krita, a married couple, first Youmari stuffed with sesame seed and molassesexperimented with fresh yield of rice from their field, And what took shape turned out came to be known as yomari. The new delicacy was eventually distributed among the villagers. As the food was liked by all, the bread was named yomari, which literally means 'tasty bread'. The myth further states that on the same day the couple offered the god of wealth, Kuber, the new delicacy, who was passing by in a disguise. Following this Kuber disclosed , his real identity and blessed the couple with wealth. He also declared that whoever will prepare yomari in the form of gods and goddesses on the full moon of December and observe four days of devotion to god, will get rid of poverty. The festival is celebrated on the second day when prayers are offered during which the yomaris are stored and not eaten on that very day. On the fourth and the final day the people belonging to the Newar community consume the sweet bread as a gift from gods and this practise also marks the end of the festival.


Newar Music

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The Newars are very much rich in traditional, classical and folk music as in dances. Various music and dance events take place in different parts of Newar societies on the occasion of different festivals. In fact, the Newars are so duly intermixed with music and dances that not a single festival, feast or ceremony, 'from womb to tomb', passes without a music or music and dances.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 May 2010 18:26

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 December 2009 23:34

Folk Dances

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Jyapu DanceJyapu- Jyapuni (Dhimey) Dance
This farmer's pair dance is generally performed during the harvest season in their community get together along with lively music and songs.

Last Updated on Friday, 28 May 2010 18:31

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Last Updated on Monday, 26 October 2009 16:40

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Newar rituals differ from caste to caste and Newah people after "Janko" ritual is considered as a god.