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nepali foodNepalese foods and traditions are unique because Nepal was closed to the outside world for centuries. Due to this, the Nepalese food had a minimum influence by foreign ingredients. Only after 1950 A.D, Nepal opened its borders for the outside world and thus, the Nepalese food got influenced by the Indian, Tibetan and Chinese cooking traditions.

Thankfully, the indigenous Newars of Kathmandu valley Once a lake, Kathmandu valley is the union of three Newar sister cities namely Kathmandu, Lalitpur and  Bhaktapur . Surrounded by hills on all the sides, Kathmandu valley has always remained the center of Nepalese civilization and current modern urbanization of Nepal. The Newar community is the ethnic inhabitants of this valley with evidential history of 2000 years. All the 3 cities have an integral role in the development of cultural and traditional heritage as well as national economy.  have preserved their authentic cuisines that have been left uninfluenced. One such cuisine is the Samay Baji      samaya_baji
    Samay Baaji, Newari Food
which is a set of dishes representing the five elements (Space, Earth, Water, Fire and Metal) and labeled as the pure food of the gods. It is served with Aila or Thwon, the common liquors that Newars make at home. What makes this traditional dish so popular is the range of varieties on offer.

This particular cuisine reminds of an old Newari song that goes, ‘Laa Chaku Wayka Samay Baji, Walla Walla Pulu Newari Food Kishi’, which literally means, serve us Samay Baji with a piece of meat as here comes the white elephant. This song has been passed on from generations to generations and is specially sung through the streets during the Newari festival of Indra Jatra in old Kathmandu Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal is a historic and cultural city of Newars. This largest metropolitan city of Nepal hosts numerous display of magnificent Newari art work in the form of ancient temples as well as traditional festival celebrations all year round. Kathmandu is also the core of urban infrastructure development of Nepal and the only gateway to the tourism adventure in Nepal. This blend of ancient culture and modern development makes it a unique tourist destination worth a visit. . As they labor hard to pull the chariot of the god, these words are sung in anticipation of the feasting that will take place after to mark the end of the festival.
The Newars are cultural standouts when it comes to feasting. Diversity is their hallmark and feasting is their passion. Their food cultures are rich and varied, though the rest of the world have yet to taste it. As the feast concludes, the Newars get back to their hearths with heavy hearts – the sight and sounds of the celebration still imposed in their minds, for they wish that the night would last forever. A stomach filled with Samay Baji and the mind filled with Aila, the tired citizens of this ancient city drift away into a peaceful slumber in the full moon night, dreaming of gods and heaven, still singing and dancing cuisines in Nepal.

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