YALA Pancha daan in Lalitpur
Yala Pancha daan is the festival celebrated in Lalitpur. It is observed by Newar Buddhist. People observe and celebrate this festival by offering rice, wheat, money etc to others. Pancha daan is also observed in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur but in different times.
Yala means Lalitpur, Pancha means five and daan means to offer something to others. So this day is marked as the precious day to offer something to others which is the meaning of daan. Specially it is called five offering rite.
In this day, people visits different monastries or bahals to offer their homage and offer rice, money whatever devotees can offer to different people like monks, aaju (Buddhist priest), people and children. According to ancient, only boys are allowed to accept the different offerings offered by devotees. But with time, girls can also accept those offerings.
In many houses, people establish the idol of Dipankar Buddha and offers rice, wheat, salt, etc to those who comes to take daan. It is believed that in this day, whoever comes to the door of Newar Buddhist, must not return empty hand.
In this day, a special type of rice pudding know as “Khir” (rice pudding made of milk, rice and different types of dry fruits) is eaten as the main course along with fruits and different sweets.