Photos: Harvest festival celebrations held in India’s Assam | Gallery

Folks in India’s northeastern state of Assam are celebrating a spring competition, meant to usher in an auspicious harvest season full of ample crops and good well being.

Residents in Gamerimura village gathered to mark the often vibrant celebrations, an historic custom often known as Baikho competition that’s predominantly noticed by the Rabha individuals yearly in June, though different communities have joined within the celebrations lately.

The competition is widely known throughout the state yearly. Throughout the competition, a sequence of rituals are carried out to push back evil spirits, immediate ample rains and convey goodwill to the neighborhood.

Residents wearing conventional apparel come collectively to bounce to the beat of drums. Within the night, a tall construction produced from bundles of bamboo is ready alight and as soon as the solar units, clergymen supply prayers to the harvest god, who they imagine will convey a beneficiant crop season.

After the prayers are completed, clergymen run over the recent coals left simmering by the fireplace, an act meant to honour the harvest deity. Ladies later wash the ft of the clergymen earlier than serving them meals.

Rahini Rabha, 59, who travelled from Dairang village in Assam for the celebrations, stated he has served because the priest for the competition for the final 17 years.

“It celebrates the tribal Rabha individuals for agriculture, good well being, wealth and training,” the priest stated.