Kathmandu, Dec. 19: Kirat community has observed the Sakela Udhauli festival on Sunday.
The festival falls in November/December (full moon) every year during the winter season. On the occasion of the festival, sacred masked dances are performed in the villages of the southern end of the Kathmandu Valley.
Kirati communities of Kathmandu worship on the occasion of Udhauli. On this occasion, the community perform a special dance called Sakela.
Rai, Limbu, Yakkha and Sunuwar of Bhojpur, Khotang, Dhankuta, Dharan, Biratnagar, Kathmandu and Lalitpur mark the festival.
The festival is popular also in Sikkim of India, Hong Kong, the UK, Australia and the United States. The festival highlights the agricultural lifestyle of the Kirat community.