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Reviving Newari tradition

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
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Communities in Patan have come together to put up a three-day long Jyapu Museum Fiesta, showcasing Newari food, music and dance, pottery-making, weaving, traditional brick kiln and festivals. The event was been organised to revive indigenous Newari tradition and focusing on the culture of the Jyapu people. The festival coincided with the inauguration of Jyapu Museum by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday.

Photos: Sonia Awale

Mohan Singh Prajapati, 80, a member of the Jyapu community demonstrates his traditional occupation of pottery making during this week's festival in Patan on Wednesday. He has been making pottery for most of his life.

Mohan Singh Prajapati, 80, a member of the Jyapu community demonstrates his traditional occupation of pottery making during the fiesta. He has been making pottery for most of his life.

 

A girl poses for a selfie with a Lakhey.

A visitor to the Jyapu Fiesta poses for a selfie with a Lakhe mask dancer in Chyasal.

 

Customers line up for Samay Baji, traditioanl Newari snack consisting of bitten rice, choela, bara, green vegetables, legumes, soybean and wine.

Customers line up for Samay Baji beaten rice snack, Choela, Bara, green vegetables, legumes, soybean, all washed down with fiery Aila.

 

Newari musical performance draws a large crowd in Patan.

A Newari musical performance draws a large crowd in Chyasal. 

 

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Dil Maya Awale, 61, demonstrates Newari weaving skills. The traditional craft has been disappearing in recent times, and the community is making efforts to revive it.

 

Locals prepare Bara (Nweari pancake made of legumes) for Samay Baji.

A Bhindhyo Lachi resident prepares egg pancakes called Bara for the Samay Baji dish.

 

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A visitor to the Jyapu Festival at Bhindyo Lachi samples local snacks and the Aila drink. 

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