Sakewa is celebrated with great enthusiasm by all Rais. One of the
oldest festivals of the state it is celebrated as a big harvest festival
with the worship of nature. It is also known as Bhoomi pooja or land
worshipping ceremony. Kirat Rais are basically nature worshippers and
during the festival prayers are offered to the natural supreme power,
the creator of the universe for peace protection and well being of all
living and non living things of the universe.
The Sakewa festival is also celebrated with the Sakewa Sili or
ceremonial dances, which have their own significance and unique charm.
Dances in different postures depicting the behavior of animals, birds,
etc are performed to express gratitude to the creator.