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marks 'Sarhul' festival in Ranchi
Girija Shankar Ojha
Tribes in Ranchi celebrated 'Sarhul,' a festival marking the beginning of
New Year, by worshipping trees. This annual festival is celebrated during the
spring season and is basically the worship of the trees and other elements of
nature. "We celebrate 'Sarhul' to mark the beginning of our new year. During this
festival, we pray to elements of nature, life and environment depends on nature
only. If environment is lost, then there will be no humans or animals," said Mukund
Nayak, a tribal artisan. "'Sarhul is the festival of sowing seeds. It is also
a spring festival and beginning of wedding season. So, it is the festival of reproduction,"
said Basanti Kunjun, Head, Department of Regional Languages, Ranchi University.
The main function was organised by the Department of Tribal and Regional Languages,
Ranchi University. Later, a colourful procession turned the streets of Ranchi
into a vibrant city. Tribes all across Jharkhand celebrate this festival with
great fervor and joy. Tribal men, women and children dress up in colourful and
ethnic attires and perform their traditional dances. They also drink a locally
made beer, brewed out of a concoction of rice, water and some tree leaves and
then dance around the tree. The beer is served in leaf cups.