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The colorful faces of Kathmandu's Yomari Puni festival

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A group of young Nepalese Newari girls wearing costumes representing various deities participate Jyapu Day procession in Kathmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 28. Thousands of the Kathmandu based majority Jyapu, which means ethnic farmers, celebrated farmers day all over the country. The Nepalese government has made the day a national holiday in recognition of the Jyapu.

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A Newar community girl dressed as a deity watches as she participates in a parade marking Yomari Puni festival in Katmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 28. Yomari Puni is a festival observed annually by the Newari community on a full moon day where Yomari, a confection of rice flour, is prepared and eaten.

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Newar community girls dressed as deities participate in a parade marking Yomari Puni festival in Katmandu, Nepal, on Dec. 28.

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