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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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President summons the first Federal Parliament meeting for March 5

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KATHMANDU — President Bidhya Devi Bhandari has called for the first ever Federal Parliamentary meeting on March 5, 2018 at the International Conference Center, New Baneshwor.

President Bhandari has summoned the meeting as per Article 93 (1) of the constitution, a press release issued by the Office of the President said.

275 members, directly elected and those elected on basis of proportional representation system, constitute the Federal Parliament. House of Representatives and National Assembly jointly is called the federal parliamentary.

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The first federal parliament is being held after over two months since the House of Representative elections were held.

The election for the President is scheduled for March 9.

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