In Newa: community  Yamahri Punhi (Dhanya Purnima) has been observed as a day of love for generations on the occasion of Thinla Ga: Paru (Pratipada), which is known in Nepalbhasa as “Matina Paru.” “Matina” literally means “Love” in Nepalalbhasa. “Love, Love, proposal…” is considered to be eternal, eternal, and loving.

Matina Paru, according to Nepal Sambat, occurs on the second day of Yomari Punhi. According to Basu Pasa (author of the historical book ‘Kantipur,’ among the various shapes of this sweet-dish, the fish-shaped Yomari, known as Bayo, represents the male sexual organ, while the triangle-shaped Yomari, known as Mayo, represents the female sexual organ and represents father and mother, respectively. The Bayo yomari contains Molasses and Sesame Seeds, whilst the Mayo Yomari contains pulses. As a result, Yomari is seen as a symbol of sex.


‘Yomari Fonegu’ culture is associated with love and passion. People walked from house to house, tole to tole, to ask Yomari, and they had a chance to take a peek and converse with their loved ones at the same time. Love was once viewed as a taboo subject in traditional society. In those days, Yomari Punhi’s ‘Yomari Fonegu’ culture was used as a cruising day, and couples would rendezvous secretly the next day.

There were no cell phones or phones as communication devices at the time.  ‘द्यः निभाः ह्याउँ ह्याउँ धाइ बलय् बुइँचा हिति फल्चा क्वसं पंबुझाः ल्यूने’ (Down from Buincha hiti falcha, behind the bamboo trees, as the sun begins to turn red).