Udhauli and Ubhauli Parwa
Members of the Kirat community dressed in traditional attires perform a Sakela Silli dance on the special occasion of Ubhauli festival, at Tundikhel in Kathmandu
Udhauli and Ubhauli are festivals especially celebrated by the Kirat community. The festivals “Udhauli and Ubhauli” are celebrated in the summer and winter season of every year. The festival Udhauli is celebrated in the month of Mangsir (November / December) and the festival Ubhauli is celebrated in the month of Baisakh (April-May).
The Kirats celebrate the Udhauli festival to express their gratitude towards nature for delivering a good harvest to them. On this specific day, the locals organize various festivals to celebrate. Sakela dance is performed on this very special occasion so basically, this festival is also known as Sakela Udhauli. The exact day to celebrated Sakela Udhauli festival is on Mangsir Purnima occasionally the eight-month of full moon day. The local Kirat community performs a Sakela dance on the special occasion of the Ubhauli festival by dressing in traditional attire at Tundikhel in Kathmandu
The Ubhauli festival, another main festival for the Kirat community falls on full moon day of Baisakh. It is believed that this festival marks the start of the agricultural season and the beginning of summer. During the festival of Ubhauli, the migration starts while moving upward. Moreover, the Kiratis maintain their heritage and observe Udhauli and Ubhauli as their main festival wherever they live. The Kirat community celebrates this festival with full of joy and happiness by welcoming all of their friends and families. In particular, this festival often relays important messages while attracting the participants.