Domain:Social practices, rituals and festive events
State: Across India
The video is a presentation on the agricultural festivals of India. The importance of agriculture to human life is celebrated in agricultural societies through rituals and ceremonial offerings are made to appease the elements of sun, rain and earth. In India, there are many such agricultural festivals which are celebrated throughout the year to mark the seasonal cycles of crops. In the summer months, the arrival of the monsoon is celebrated through such festivals like Nag Panchami. The snake or the ‘nag’ is believed to usher in the monsoon and rural households offer rice and milk to snakes. Good harvest festivals are celebrated throughout the country like the festival of Rongali Bihu in Assam, Nabanna in Bengal, Baisakhi in Punjab, Onam in Kerala and Pongal in Tamil Nadu. In some festivals bulls are honoured since they are indispensable to farming like the Pola festival of South India.