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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
Yomari Inside

Etymology[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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, 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 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.

Festival[edit]

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]

References[edit]

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


External links[edit]


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Himalayan Times

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Fri, 25 Dec 2015 19:30:34 -0800

Being complete is a bliss. And Nepal's traditionally unique food Yomari — fig-like bread made of rice flour, sesame seed, and chaku (molasses) — is the symbol of completeness. The festival in which this delicacy is prepared — Yomari Puni ...

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Fri, 28 Dec 2012 04:56:15 -0800

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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 ...

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Fri, 28 Dec 2012 12:00:40 -0800

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

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Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:37:30 -0800

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Wed, 06 May 2015 15:04:37 -0700

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