Thursday Dec 8, 2022
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Newar community celebrating Maha Ashtami festival by eating 'kuchi bhay'

2022 Oct 03, 8:53,
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On the eighth day of Bada Dashain, the Newar community is celebrating the Maha Ashtami festival by eating kuchi bhay. In Newari, kuchi means two manas while bhay means feast. On the day of Maha Ashtami, there is a custom of feasting on banana leaves. Kuchi Bhay has special importance in that community.

To eat kuchi bhay, only 12 types of vegetable dishes are required and 12 pieces of choyla are also kept. By placing two mana chiura on the banana leaf along with greens, potato, choyla, hikasa (blood), bara, egg, fish, parsley, khypi chypi (small two types of green parsley), ginger, bodi, banana, masyang ghirula, soybeans and other dishes. Cuchi bhay is eaten.

In the Newar community, there is a belief that you should eat Kuchi Bhvay even if you are infected. As it is not allowed to eat meat in a house infected with warts, there is a tradition of keeping ginger instead of meat and banana instead of meat. One type says that the name of this feast remained Kuchi Bhay because it was eaten with two mana chiuras, while another type of cultural workers say that because it was a feast where all the clans gather together and eat it, its name became Kulchi Bhway and later became Kuchi Bhway.

Today, the community brings the meat of Dashain to their homes. According to the custom of cutting the raw meat and bringing it to the house, the meat of Dashain was brought in today. When meat is brought in, blood is sprinkled on the front door of the house, while it is customary to bring the meat into the house only after cutting it.


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