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Karma Festival of Bihar

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Post By : Rainrays At 2011-01-19 09:54:35

Name of Festival : Karma Festival


Major Territory of Celebration
Karma Festival is celebrated in Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh state of India


Time of celebration (Months)
Karma Festival celebrated in the month of Bhadrapada (September - October)


About Festival
Karma (Karam) festival is celebrated by the Oraon, Baiga, Binjhwari and Majhwar tribes of Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.This festival is falls in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada.Karma Festival is a religious festival which calls for a huge celebration.


Karma Festival is celebrated in the month of August and is related with fertility by some tribes. Some other tribes also observe the festival as the rainy season ends.


On this day people go in the forest to collect fruits and flowers, and they worship Karma Devta,a goddess who is represented with a branch of karam tree . Important thing of this festival is the cutting of three branches of the ‘karam’ tree,it on a dancing ground called ‘akhara’.These branches are called 'Karam Raja’. Use these branches in ceremonial dance, called Karma Dance.


After the dance tribal chief narrates the significance of this ritual and the legends of Karam Devi, who is believed to be the goddess of wealth and children. Then, they sing and dance whole night.


On the next day branches are garlanded and Offerings of flowers, rice and curd.Red colored baskets filled with grains are placed before the branches. Barley seedlings are distributed among the young people, who wear it on their heads. Branches are worshipped and their blessings sought. 

Pongal Festival of Tamil Nadu

Name of Festival : Pongal festival


Major Territory of Celebration Pongal festival is celebrated in Tamil Nadu


Time of celebration (Months) In the Tamil calendar Mid-January is an important time. Pongal, falls on the 14th or the 15th of January and is the quintessential 'Tamil Festival' .


About Festival Pongal is celebrated on the first day of the Tamil month 'Thai'.It is a harvest festival celebrated ..


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