Udhauli festival is celebrated by the Sunuwar, Rai, Limbu, and Yakkha communities in Nepal, India, Bhutan, and all Kirat communities around the world each year as a stage of migration at low altitudes during the winter season. The season is coming. Migration from low-lying areas to hilly areas is called Ubouli, which is also an annual celebration of these communities. On the day of the Udhauli festival, the Kirant caste thanks Mother Nature for giving a good harvest.

Udhauli festival has been celebrated by the Kirant community since time immemorial. It is believed that the winter season will start from this day. So humans, birds, and animals move from cold to hot. The Kirants perform traditional dances by playing various instruments such as drums and gymnastics, while the Kirant women and men wear their own traditional costumes made of special fabrics. This tradition of Kirats is related to Mundhum. 

Mundhum refers to the various events and journeys of the Kiranti community from ancient times to modern civilization. It has been handed down orally from one generation to the next. It is spoken rhythmically and the priest who utters it is considered to have divine power.
Kirnat girl in Udhauli
Sunuwar girl taking selfie in Udhauli

Kirant women dancing in Udhauli
Sunuwar women dancing in Udhauli

Rai priest in Udhauli
Rai priest

Kirant sunuwar syadar sil
Sunuwar perform syadar dance

Kirant girl taking a picture
Sunuwar girl takes a picture

Kirant Rai performing in Udhauli
Rai women dancing in Udhauli
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