The Kirat community is observing Udhauli today, the community’s second most important festival, commencing on the full moon day of Mangshir as per the lunar calendar. This festival, rooted in nature and ancestor worship, marks the transition from highlands to lowlands as a response to the increase in cold.
As per Mundhum, Udhauli corresponds to the harvest, and crops are offered to ancestors before consumption. Limbu, Sunuwar, and Yakhya communities join in, adorned in ethnic costumes, performing traditional Sakela dances.
Simultaneously, the Newar community is also observing Yomari Punhi. The festival is known for a special delicacy – Yomari, stuffed with Chaku and Sesame seeds. Yomari is also believed to have health benefits, increasing blood and fertility, symbolizing wealth and prosperity.