Newa community of the GTA recently celebrated Yomarhi PunhI festival, which usually takes place in November/December and marks the end of the rice harvest.
Celebrating the traditional festival, dozens of community members, including the Consul General of Nepal, Dr. Kunjar Sharma, gathered in Toronto to mark the occasion.
The event featured cultural dance, music as well as meeting, greeting and networking opportunity.
Participants also made ‘yomarhi’, a steamed dough shaped kind pastry made of rice floor and filled with brown cane sugar and sesame seeds. It is always a chief item on the menu during the post-harvest celebration.
In the program, Newa women committee members also demonstrated the process of making yomarhi.
Later, Sharma thanked the Nepali community members for promoting Newa culture in Canada.
The Newa are the historical inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley and its surrounding areas in Nepal.