थौं ज्यापू दिवश व यमारी पुन्ही युगु फुंक, पासा पिन्त भिन्तुना देछानाचोव्ना | Happy Yamari Punhi and 15th Jyapu Diwas to all my friends and family. These pics are memories from Year 2014, when I was fortunate enough to attend 11th Jyapu Diwas, with my long time friend @rajanmhr 😍
Who are Jyapu ?
When I was little, often heard people making fun of the word ‘Jyapu’. There were numerous instances, I wanted to explain what it means to be Jyapu and the vital role they have been playing in the history of #KathmanduValley. I didn’t care to explain, as I realized that it would be beyond their thought limit. I recently came across the wonderful article published in monthly magazine - @ecs_nepal in July 2010, 62 issue titled - ‘Preservers of Newah Culture Jyapus of the Valley’. Thought, I should share on this special day, dedicated to all the Jyapus.
The #Jyapu community has been the most active communities among the Newars of Kathmandu Valley, to this date. They have a long history of playing numerous roles in the society, from that of masons to musicians as well as of farmers and artisans. Because of their rich culture and occupations and their contributions in the festivals are simply precious.
The word ‘Jyapu’ in the Newari language comprises of two words – jya and pu. ‘Jya’ means work and ‘Pu’ derives from ‘Puwanka Yayimaha’, which means ‘to complete the work one sets out to do”. A ‘Jyapu’, therefore means one who can complete the work, he / she sets out to do. The word rightfully denotes this hardy community residing all over the valley: #Kathmandu, #Bhaktapur and #Lalitpur also known as Swaniga, have advanced and grown in different directions. The Jyapus are an integral part of Nepal’s heritage and continue to enrich it. They are still the mainstay of the valley’s numerous, colorful festivals, which are one of the main attractions of Kathmandu Valley.
Jyapu, along with other Newah communities are the custodians of the rich culture and traditions of Kathmandu Valley. We have been doing it for thousands of years. Our kids will do the same for years to come, when we’re gone.
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