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Yomari Punhi Observed in Edmonton

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The Nepalese community in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada observed Yomari Punhi (Nepal Era 1138) amidst a special cultural event at Duggan Community Hall on Sunday December 3, 2017. The cultural event was organized by Newa Cultural Society of Alberta (NCSA) with the support from the City of Edmonton.  This is the 5th Yomari Punhi cultural event organized by NCSA in Edmonton.  Altogether, 80 people including local Canadians participated in the cultural event.

The cultural event was jointly inaugurated by Dr. Hemanta Joshi, President of Newa Cultural Society of Alberta (NCSA); and Mr. Ram Krishna Sharma, President of Nepalese Canadian Society of Edmonton (NECASE); by lighting up Twadewas, the traditional artistic oil lamps of Nepal.  In the cultural event, Mrs. Bejuna Joshi from the Newa community performed worship of Annapurna, the goddess of grains, offering freshly cooked Yomari (a unique Newa delicacy prepared from sweet rice and inner feelings of molasses and sesame seeds) and Arati.  Meanwhile, Yomari Punhi is celebrated on full moon day in December, after the end of rice harvest in Nepal.

At the cultural event, Dr. Hemanta Joshi, president of NCSA, delivered a welcome speech highlighting on the significance of Yomari Punhi cultural festival.  According to Dr. Joshi, Newa people believe that celebration of Yomari Punhi brings them wealth and prosperity.  Newa people also believe that eating Yomari help them adjust to cold weather possibly because it is rich in carbohydrates and proteins.  Yomari is the essential and principal item on the menu for performing many rituals and traditions like even birthday ceremonies of children up to age 12, old age ceremonies, baby showers, chariot festivals and some worships.  Newa people believe that beginning from Yomari Punhi, days become longer and longer each day – approximately by the length of the pointed tail of the Yomari.  According to Dr. Joshi, organizing cultural events like Yomari Punhi regularly in the community not only bring people together in one platform for celebrations and socializations but also contribute in preserving and promoting Newa culture and traditions.  Mr. Ram Krishna Sharma, President of NECASE, expressed his satisfaction being part of the Yomari Punhi celebration.  He praised the efforts made by NCSA in preserving Newa culture and traditions in Edmonton.  During the inaugural session, Dr. Joshi and Dr. Sharma distributed certificates of appreciation to the NCSA volunteers and local artists.

In the beginning of the cultural event, preparation of Yomari was demonstrated to participants and served them with freshly cooked Yomari, Chatamari, and Achar as refreshments.  After the inaugural session, participants were entertained with vivid Newa cultural program (such as Bhairab mask dance, drama on Yomari, and cultural quiz).  Exhibition of Newa artifacts and photos depicting Newa culture and traditions as well as cultural activities related to NCSA was also displayed in the event.  A delicious ethnic dinner was served to all the participants at the end of the cultural event.