Kathmandu – The Yomari Punhi or Yomari Poornima, Dhanya Poornima and Udhauli festivals are being observed across the country today.
The Yomari Poornima is a festival observed by the Newar community in Kathmandu Valley and is believed to have started 400 years ago. A special delicacy made of rice flour and molasses called Yomari is the major attraction of this festival.
The day is also observed as the Jyapu Day.
Also today, the hilly people observe the Gaidu Pooja by worshipping their ancestors and the sacred cowshed. This full moon day is also called the Dhanya Poornima.
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. People from the Rai, Limbu, Sunuwar and Yakhya ethnicities observe this festival.