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Maghe Sankranti and the Magic Of Yam

Man byuing Yam at kalimati

The Hindu festival of Maghe Sankranti is celebrated on the first of Magh month, which is mid-January and is one of the biggest festivals in Nepal. The festival is observed by different ethnicities in their own ways and celebrated all over the country.

On the day, one vegetable is eaten the most by many communities, and that is tarul (yam). Tarul (yam) is a type of tuber which is extracted from the ground.

Yams are produced in January. At this time, this yam fulfills the required nutrition of the body. So, nature has also given us the right kind of food at the right time. For example, yams in winter.

We have many types of tarul (yams). Ghar tarul, ban tarul(forest yam), hattipaile tarul, simal tarul, mudhe tarul, leaf tarul, scum root. Along with this, Pindalu, Sakhkharkhand, etc. are also eaten. That is, whatever tubers are produced in this season, they become a special dish of Maghe Sankranti.

However, one day is not enough to eat yam(tarul). In fact, it should be included in our diet throughout the winter months or as long as it is available.

Yam is also known as fibrous food. It increases calories in the body and also creates heat in the body. Also, the consumption of yam does not allow fat and fat to accumulate in the body.

As yam are fibrous, it prevents constipation in the body. Regular intake of it helps to easily expel the waste or dirt from the large intestine through the rectum.