Jajpur, Jan 15 (LocalWire) Hundreds of spinster tribal girls performed Tusubhashani or immersion of Tusu idols in the holy ponds and danced together in the villages of Sukinda and Danagadi area in Jajpur district to get good grooms.
They performed the rituals on the occasion of Makara Sankranti, the state celebrated on Wednesday.
Tusubhashani is one of the main tribal festivals here.
“We took the country made Handia and Mahuli and danced to the tune of the traditional song “, said Kamini Jaraka (22) a spinster tribal of Gobaraghati village.
A Large number of tribals celebrated Makar Sankranti festival with gusto and fervour. They consider the festival sacred and participation in such festivals is compulsory.
The Makar festival united one and all tribes.
They danced together wearing their distinguished costumes and jewellery. This festival revolves around agriculture after the harvesting season as many tribes are primarily agrarians.
This festival lasts for three days and celebrations primarily start two days before ‘Makar Sankranti’.
The first day is known as ‘Chauladhua’ or ‘Soaking of Rice’, the second day is ‘Bahundi’ and the last day is ‘Makar Sankranti’.
On the day of Makara all irrespective of age go for bath very early (at dawn) and the children set a fire near a water reservoir which is known as ‘Kumbha’.
On this day everyone puts on new attires. In every household ‘Makar Chaula’ and delicious cakes are prepared and then the deity is worshipped.
The festival is most enjoyed amidst mutton curry, palatable cakes, country liquor ‘Handia’ and boisterous music, dance and drums”, said Mahendra Munda a tribes’ man of Gobaraghati village under Sukinda block.
For the occasion of Makara a special traditional dance was also performed. The tribal folks adorning their bodies in many forms moved from door to door asking for paddy, rice and cakes, which becomes quite enjoyable.
Tribals started their New Year from the day of Sankranti by lighting bonfires, dancing and eating particular dishes while sited together.
According to Hindu mythology, Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of ‘Magh’ as a harvest festival.
It is during the spring celebration that the occasion of the ‘ascent’ of the sun to the north (Uttarayana) occurs.
Makar Sankranti is a day of goodwill and friendship.
It marks the beginning of the sun’s journey to the Northern Hemisphere (Makara raasi), signifying the onset of Uttarayana Punyakalam,” explained Babani Munda a priest of Mundasahi under Sukinda block.
The tribals are worshippers by nature and behavior.
They celebrate every festival with dances, songs and music taking nature and its components such as Gods and Goddesses into account.
Every tribal festival is meant to express gratitude to nature for its protection and blessings. All of their festivals are based on trust and respect for nature added Munda.
Tribals love and respect their wealth which is in the form of cattle and they tend to offer special treatments like washing, oiling, and decorating them on this day.
Cattle, ancestors, crop- fields and the Sun are worshipped and groups of young ladies and boys move from door to door singing the festival songs, said Munda.
Sankranti is considered a Deity. According to a legend, Sankranti killed a demon named Sankarasur.
The day which comes before Makar Sankranti called Kinkrant or Karidin. On this day, the female deity (Devi) killed the demon Kinkarasur, added Munda.