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President extends best wishes on Udhauli

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KATHMANDU — President Bidya Devi Bhandari has extended best wishes on the occasion of Udhauli festival Sunday.

In her message on the occasion of the great festival of the Kirant people, Udhauli, President Bhandari wished the Kiranti brothers and sisters at home and abroad peace, prosperity and good health while pointing out that it was the responsibility of all to institutionalize the unity and social harmony brought about by such festivals.

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The head of thet state has stated that the festivals celebrated by the peoples of various ethnicities and communities in Nepal have been embellishing the country as the ‘common garden’.

She said the festivals like Uddhauli that are celebrated here have made an important contribution to maintaining social harmony, goodwill, national unity and a common Nepali identity by connecting together our geographical, religious, cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity.

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Yomari Punhi, Dhanya Poornima and Udhauli festivals being observed today

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KATHMANDU — The Yomari Punhi (Yomari Poornima), Dhanya Poornima and Udhauli festivals are being observed across the country Sunday.

The Yomari Poornima Poornima festival, which is believed to have started 400 years ago, is a festival observed by the Newar community of the Valley. A special delicacy made of rice flour and molasses called Yomari is the major attraction of this festival.

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This full moon day is also called the Dhanya Poornima. The day is also observed as the Jyapu Day.

Coincidently, the day also happens to be the Udhauli festival observed by people from the Kirant community.

This festival is observed wishing for a good harvest by worshipping the soil and nature, according to Kirti Kumar Dumi Rai, who has been studying the Kirant culture.

People from the Rai, Limbu, Sunuwar and Yakhya ethnicities observe this festival.

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