Kathmandu, December 13, 2016: Yomari Punhi or Yomari Poornima, Dhanya Poornima and Udhauli festivals are being observed across the country today.
The festival is observed by Newar community of the Valley and is believed to have started 400 years ago. A special delicacy made of rice flour and molasses is the major attraction of this festival.
The day is also observed as Jyapu Day.
Also today, the Hilly people observe Gaidu pooja by worshipping their ancestors and the sacred cowshed, according to chairperson of the Nepal Calendar Determination Committee Prof Dr Ram Chandra Gautam. This full moon day is also called Dhanya Poornima.
Coincidently, the day also happens to be the Udhauli festival observed by people from Kirant community. This festival is observed wishing for good harvest by worshipping soil and nature, according to Kirti Kumar Dumi Rai, who has been studying Kirant culture. People from Rai, Limbu, Sunuwar and Yakhya ethnicities observe this festival.