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One day, different name! Dhanya Purnima, Yomari Punhi, Udhauli being observed

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KATHMANDU — Different communities across the country are celebrating different festivals on Friday. The day is celebrated as the Dhanya Purnima by Hindu communities, while Newars communities celebrating the day as Yomari Punhi and Kiranti people observe the Udhauli festival today.

Dhanya Purnima

Dhanya Purnima is a Hindu festival celebrated to mark the completion of the rice harvest season across the country. Hindus celebrate this festival by stocking new grain and making offerings to god and goddesses to ensure abundant supply of grains consistently.

Yomari Punhi

Yomari Punhi is a Newari festival denoting the end of the rice harvest. Yomari is a kind of Newari food and Punhi implies full moon. In the celebration,yomari goddess Annapurna, lord of grains and food is venerated to thank the goddess for good rice collecting.

This festival is celebrated by making, eating and distributing Yomaris. The festival is celebrated for four days. People worship god Kuber, Ganesh and goddess Subhadra in these four days. Yomari is eaten as prasad and it is believed that those gods enter the human body in the form of Yomari.

Yomari is the Newari food made of rice flour, molasses (chaku) and sesame seeds. It is the main food during the festival. Different shapes of Yomaris are prepared in the form of gods and goddesses like Ganesh, Kumar, Laxmi and Kuber.

Yamori is also compared with the Earth. Two sides of Yomari are assumed as North and South pole. The stuffing of molasses and sesame seeds is regarded as Goddess Mahamaya. The Yomari with black lentil is regarded as God Kumar.

Udhauli

udhauliUdhauli Parva falls during harvesting season. This festival is primarily celebrated by Kirant community like Limbu,  Rai, Yakkha and Sunuwar of Kathmandu Valley and different parts of the nation.

The word “udhauli” means going down. During winter, the birds and animals in upper hills migrate to lower lands. It is from this process that the nature-loving community got the festival’s name — Udhauli. It is believed that from this day, the winter season starts.

In this festival, Kirant people worship land or Mother Nature which is called Bhumi Puja. They worship Mother Nature thanking for giving good crops.

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Govt decides to award Budhi Gandaki Hydel project to Chinese firm again

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KATHMANDU — The government has decided to award contract for the construction of the 1,200-megawatt Budhigandaki hydropower project, a national pride project, to China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) once again.

A Cabinet meeting on Friday has decided to award the contract for the project to CGGCL reverting the erstwhile Sher Bahadur Deuba government’s decision to develop the 1200MW project with internal resources.

The Cabinet meeting has directed the Energy Ministry to initiate the process to award the project to the Chinese company.

Following the government decision, the Energy Ministry will now invite the Chinese company for talks and prepare a draft of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) before signing it, according to multiple sources at the ministry.

As per the Cabinet decision, the ministry has been asked to hold talks with the Gezhouba, prepare a proposal, and strike a deal to execute the $2.5 billion reservoir project.

Earlier on May 15, 2017, the Pushpa Kamal Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to construct the Budhigandaki project to CGGCL, juat nine days before he was to resign from the PM’s post.

The Dahal-led government had awarded the contract to CGGCL at a cost of Rs 260 billion as per a study carried out by a French company, Tractebel Engineering.

The agreement, however, invited controversy as the project was handed to the Chinese company without initiating a competitive bidding process.

The Budhi Gandaki hydel project has been touted as a key project to resolve the perennial power crisis in the country. The government has allocated Rs18 billion for compensation payments and operational expenses for this fiscal year.

The Gorkha and Dhading district administration offices are currently distributing compensation to owners of the land taken over by the project.

More than 8,000 households will be affected by the project, according to the latest report.

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