It is a special festival which is celebrated in the month of ashwin, according to the hindi calendar which comes in the month of september. This festival is celebrated to welcome the autumn season. It is also an agricultural festival which is celebrated by all the farmers for the abundance of their crops. People light fire to burn away all the evils. People sing and dance to mark the beginning of the autumn season. Other than that, this festival is also organized to celebrate the victory of the great king kumaon.

According to popular belief, fire has the strength to do away with all the evil. During this festival, animals are taken special care of and are fed fresh grass.

After the bonfire is lit, small children dance around it and people join in the merry making. This creates a beautiful environment where everyone enjoys and has a good time, overall. The festival of Khatarua is celebrated in the month of Ashwin according to the Hindu calendar.