Nepalese cooking nourishes the body and soul.
The Sangan is a giving tradition and only found in Newar culture. Sagan is a wish for good luck. It is presented during life-cycle events like birthdays, weddings, old-age rites and New Year.
The five food items in Sagan represent the five Tantric elements (panchatatwa) – fire or "agni tatwa" (symbolized by wine), earth or "prithvi tatwa" (meat), water or "jal tatwa" (fish), ether or "akash tatwa" (lentil cake) and air or "wayu tatwa" (egg).