Udhauli celebration by Kirat people
Observed byKirat communities
TypeKirat festival
ObservancesPrayers and religious rituals
DateNovember-December (lunar calendar)

Udhauli (उधौली) is festival of the Kirat communities of Rai people specially celebrated by Bantawa,Lohorung, sunuwar, Yakkha etc of Nepal India and around the world by Kirati People celebrated every year marking the migration phase downwards towards the low-altitude regions when the winter season arrives. The migration from the low-altitude areas upwards to hilly areas is called Ubhauli (upwards), which is also an annual festival of these communities[1] On the Udhauli festival day, the Kirat people offer thanks to mother nature for providing a good harvest.

Udhauli celebration by Kirat people
Udhauli celebration by Kirat people

Udhauli festival is celebrated by all Kirat people. It is believed that from this day the winter season starts. So people, birds, and animal migrate from cold regions to warmer regions. It's mainly celebrated in the eastern region of Nepal by dancing an exotic dance called Sakela or commonly known as Chandi. The dance is very popular in Nepal which is performed by dancing harmoniously in a circle with the beat of Dhol/drum, Jhyamta/cymbals etc. The main destinations for the Sakela are Dharan, Dhankuta, Pathari, Kanepokhari, Kerabari etc.This event of the Kirat people has also been stated in the Mundhum (holy book of the Kirat people).[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Udhauli Festival, December 02". www.nepaltravelnews.com.
  2. ^ "Udhauli and Ubhauli festivals". The Himalayan Times. December 9, 2015.