Experience Jharkhand Edition : Top 5 Festivals of Jharkhand
Jharkhand is an astonishing Indian state with its own cultural ethos and customs. There are just so many traditional as well as tribal festivals of Jharkhand, that one might always fall short in terms of counting. The culture, customs and tenets take a lot from Bihar and Chattisgarh, and that further enhances the goodness of these festivals. What’s even more intriguing is the myriad ways in which these festivals are celebrated- with pomp and show!
Let’s just dive right into the vibrant festivals of Jharkhand, the way they are celebrated and their religious significance!
Top 5 Festivals Of Jharkhand
Given below are the best and the most famous festivals of Jharkhand. Therefore, scroll through and know more!
1. Chhath Puja
History- An ancient and medieval festival, Chhath puja is a Vedic festival celebrated to pay homage to the sun (Surya), also known as Surya Shashti.
Basically, Chhath puja is one of those festivals of Jharkhand which is celebrated to show gratitude towards the sun, for supporting life on earth and also in a hope to grant certain wishes. The festivities basically involve worshiping of the sun God as the ultimate force that supports life and provides energy. Furthermore, affluence and development is asked for and prayed for during this pompous festival, popularly known as, Chhath Puja.
History– Bandana festival marks the celebration of black moon for the month of Kartik.
A celebration for the animals, Bandna festival is prominent among the tribal people for they are rather very close to the pets and other wild animals. People wash, clean and even paint their houses before this festival (much like Diwali) and also put embellishments onto their bulls and cows. The song known as Ohira is dedicated to this festival and is an acknowledgement of the contribution of animal in the people’s day – to – day life.
3. Makar Or Tusu Parab
History– This is one of those festivals of Jharkhand which has a great history, dating back to the independence movement of India.
Tusu, the harvest festival held in winters in the last day of the month of Poush, is usually seen in the region between Tama, Raidih and Bundu area of Jharkhand. Unmarried girls decorate a bamboo or a wooden frame with vibrant papers and present it to the nearby river or mountain. No one knows as to why it’s done as it is done; nonetheless, many songs are sung and performed with utmost zeal and zest.
Celebrated to pray for first-rate fertility and healthier household. The unmarried females decorate a small bin with sprouting seeds. It is believed that the healthy germination of the seeds and their perfect sprouting would mean a healthy child. The girls present green-melons to the deity, demanding a son. A bit problematic but the whole of the tribal community celebrates this famous festival out of a lot of anticipation.
History- This festival of Jharkhand demands the worship of Karam devta (God of power as well as youthfulness). Karam festival is held on the 11th of moon in the month of Bhadra.
The villagers go to the jungle and accumulate wood, flowers and fruits. This is done to pay homage to the God Karam. The local people dance and sing in groups and celebrate this festival with a lot of pomp and show. This festival is celebrated by the Baiga, Oraon, Majhwar and Binjhwari tribes of Jharkhand.
Well, these were some of the most famous and somewhat exciting festivals of Jharkhand, celebrated by the locals and the tribal people with great enthusiasm. Let us know what you think about the same in the comments down below!