Jhapan Festival of Bishnupur

Jhapan Festival is held in few places of West Bengal, India on the last day of Bengali month of Sharavana (mid August). The celebration is devoted to the ill-tempered deity Manasa, the Goddess of Snakes. Bishnupur is the best place for experiencing Jhapan. A procession of snake-charmers in front of Royal Palace is the highlight of the festivals. Snake-charmers display different tricks with poisonous snakes in public

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Bhai Khan Pirer Mela in Singti

Singti is a rural area under District Howrah of West Bengal, India. Here, in winter potatoes grow in abundant. On the first day of the Bengali month of Magh (mid-January) a big fair called ‘Bhai Khna Pirer Mela’ is held in Singti. This is also referred as ‘Alur Damer Mela’ (Fair of potato curry) as ‘Alur Dam’ is the highlight of this occasion. Hundreds of sellers gather here to sell ‘Alur Dam’. This is a celebration for successful harvest of ‘Alu'(potato)

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Baha Parab of Purulia

Baha Parab is the spring festival of  Santhal, Munda, Ho and other tribes of India. Baha means flowers, while Parab means festival. This festival of flowers is observed to pray to Marang Buru (male deity) and Jaher Ara (female deity). Naikey (the priest) offers leaves and flowers of Sal tree to Jaherthan (altar) and there after distributes the holy Sal flowers among the devotees. He goes from door to door to bless everybody and the ladies wash his feet with oil and water. Along with this ritual, songs, dance, Madal drum beats go on with great enthusiasm. This blog is featured on experiencing Baha Parab in Gurrabera village of the district Purulia in West Bengal, India.

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