A festival mainly for the animals, Bandana is one of the most popular festivals celebrated during the black moon of month of Kartik (Kartik Aamavashya). On the occasion, people wash, clean, paint, decorate and well feed their cows, bulls and other domestic animal.
Bandana is one of the most famous festivals celebrated during the black moon month of Kartik (Kartik Aamavashya). This festival is mainly for the animals. Tribals are very close with animals and pets. In this festival, people wash, clean, paint, decorate feed well and put ornaments to their cows and bulls.
The song dedicated for this festival is called Ohira which is an acknowledgement for animal’s contribution in their day-to-day life. The belief behind this festival is animals are integral part of life and have souls as human being do. The most exciting day of the bandana week is the last day. Closured Bulls and buffalos are chained to a strong pole and they are attacked with a dry animal Hyde. The angry animals hit the dry skin with itchier horns and the crowd enjoys. Generally the colors used for decorating animals are natural colors and this artwork is of folk type.
Besides this all the other festivals like Diwali, Holi, Id, X-Mas, Dusshera are also celebrated. Important festivals of Hindus are Holi, Diwali, Dashhara and Ramnavami. Other festivals like, Basant panchami, Chath, Jityya Bhaiya Duj, etc. are also Celebrated in this state. Important festivals of Muslim communities are Id-Ul-Fitre, Baqrid, Muharram, and Shabe-barat. Specific festivals of the tribes are Karma, Manda, Sarhul, Jani shikar etc.