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In Photos: A sugary treat to mark the winter’s end

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As Dashain and Tihar comes to an end every year, make-shift ‘confectioneries’ at Kathmandu’s ancient Newar settlement of Tokha start cooking up delicious Chaku, a sticky taffee with bits of nuts and coconut encrusted on it.

Even though the products don’t go into sales until a few months later during Yomari Punhi and Maghe Sankranti, the process of acquiring raw products and assembling the finished products takes up a lot of time for the confectioneries.

 

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During the months leading up to Maghe Sankranti, a festival which marks the end of winter, the staff of the confectionery swell up with new hirees from the district of Sindhuli. Chaku is synonymous with the festival.

 

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These men make about Rs 10,000-18,000 per month. As for the confectionery, the monthly turnover is nearly Rs 100,000 for the few months when chaku is in high demand.

 

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The taffees are not only a treat, they are also an important element in religious ceremony, especially for the valley’s Newar community.

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