Sakela Udhauli - Mangshir Purnima - Kathmandu District, Kathmandu
All Day, Thursday, 03 December 2009
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Where: City Center, Kathmandu, Kathmandu District
Celebrated on the full moon day of the Nepalese month of Mangshir, Sakela Udhauli is a festival honoring the culture of the ethnic group of Kirat Rai in Nepal. This is one of two Sakela festivals held during each year, with the other known as Sakela Ubhauli. These celebrations acknowledge the two phases of the year as marked by the migration pattern of birds as they travel upwards (Ubhauli) and downwards (Udhauli) to their winter destination.
Sakela Udhauli is a way of thanking the Goddess of nature for providing the crops that have been reaped in the summer which is now drawing to a close. The celebration includes singing and dancing, with performers clothed in traditional dress. Two dangers take the lead with others joining in and imitating their movements. Similar celebrations take place around the world, wherever the Kirat Rai have chosen to settle.