In the monsoon month of Bhadrapada comes the festival of flower-watching
(ukhyang) in the Kinnaur valley. This festival is also known as Fulaich
and it commemorates the dead. But it is not an occasion to weep and wail.
The fair opens with animal sacrifices and soon the entire village collects
on a hill top and looks for the 'Ladra' flower. People serve rice wine
and food to the dear departed ones on a mound of bricks. These are later
distributed to the poor and the Harijans in the village. Afterwards the
people of the village reassemble at the house of the 'Dhangaspa' family
and garland all the family members of the clan. The villagers also welcome
the team that had gone up the hills to look for flowers. Sacrifices are
made into wood nymphs and at many places. Dancers perform ritual dances
with ancient weapons.