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Yomari, also called Yamari, is a delicacy of Newar community in Nepal. It consists of an external covering of rice-flour and an inner content of sweet substances such as chaku. The delicacy plays a very important role in Newaa society, and is a key part of the festival of Yomari punhi. According to some, the triangular shape of the yamari is symbolical representation of one half of shadkona, the symbol of Saraswati and wisdom.[1]

Yomari Inside


The name Yamari comes from two Nepal Bhasa words, "ya:" meaning "to like" and "mari" meaning "delicacy". So, literally, it is a delicacy which is very popular.


The festival is said to have started from panchal nagar (present day Panauti). Myth has it that Suchandra and Krita, a married couple, first experimented with fresh yield of rice from their field. And what took shape turned out came to be known as Yamari. The new delicacy was eventually distributed among the villagers. As the food was liked by all, the bread was named Yamari, which literally means 'tasty bread'.

The myth further states that on the same day the couple offered the god of wealth, Kubera, who was passing by in a disguise, the new delicacy. Following this, Kubera disclosed his real identity and blessed the couple with wealth. He also declared that whoever will prepare Yamari 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 of Yomari punhi is celebrated on the second day of the full moon 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 Newaa community consume the sweet bread as a gift from gods and this practice also marks the end of the festival.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kantipur by Basu Pasa
  2. ^ Nepal Travel Guide

External links[edit]

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Himalayan Times

Himalayan Times
Fri, 25 Dec 2015 19:45:00 -0800

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NBCNews.com (blog)

NBCNews.com (blog)
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:56:15 -0800

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ABC News (blog)

ABC News (blog)
Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:00:40 -0800

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Global Times

Global Times
Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:54:22 -0800

Photo taken on Dec. 17, 2013 shows a large model of "Yomari" (a bread of rice flours) during the celebration to mark Yomari Puni in Kathmandu, Nepal, Dec. 17, 2013. Newar community celebrates Yomari Puni by making Yomari and performing traditional ...


Mon, 04 Jan 2016 13:33:45 -0800

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald
Thu, 10 Mar 2016 00:22:51 -0800

It is, Abd says, a multisensory performance as the spice fragrances of dolma (Iraqi-style) Persian biryani (Iranian) and Nepalese delicacy yomari are made. When cooked, the audience are invited to eat too. Shrestha says invaluable foundations have been ...


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Naples Daily News

Naples Daily News
Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:37:30 -0800

Yomari Padilla writes: "I was inspired to take this picture because I believe it’s extremely important to find beauty in simple things. While I was searching for pictures to take for my assignment, I found this small beautiful flower alone and ...

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