“Hareli Festival: A Joyous Harvest Celebration in the Heart of Chhattisgarh”Hareli Festival In Chhattisgarh

Hareli festival is considered to be the first festival for the farmers of Chhattisgarh, which is celebrated every year on the new moon day of Sawan month. This festival has special significance for the farmers of Chhattisgarh. After the sowing of paddy, all the agricultural and iron implements are worshiped by the farmers on the day of Hareli.
Hareli festival is one of the famous festivals of Chhattisgarh. This festival is celebrated with great pomp. The word “Hariyali”, which is derived from the Hindi word Hariyali. Which means greenery. It is a festival celebrated by various farming communities mainly in the month of Shravan.

The festival of Hareli is celebrated on the first day of Shravan Amavasya i.e. the new moon of this month. It marks the beginning of the month of Shravan, which is a holy month for Hindus. Hareli festival is a harvest festival, celebrated during the monsoon season of the year, for a good harvest, gods and goddesses are worshipped, the main one being “Kutki Dai”.

Hareli is a festival celebrated in the month of July or August according to the Gregorian calendar. The Hareli festival is very important for the Gond tribes. During this festival, farmers in Chhattisgarh worship the cow and the agricultural implements used in farming. Farmers pray for a good harvest.

During this Hareli festival, people of Chhattisgarh keep branches of the Bhelwa tree in their fields. They also plant branches of the Neem tree at the main entrance of their houses. Neem has medicinal properties which protect against diseases as well as insects. ‘Gedi’ game is also played on the day of Hareli festival. It is a kind of sport in which small children ride around the fields on bamboo sticks and men also participate in this cart. At some places they also participate in “Gedi” races. Horse races are also organized at some places.

Rice is the primary ingredient in most of the dishes in this festival. There is a special dish on Hareli festival called ‘Cheela’ which is made in homes. In this, the tools are worshiped by offering chila, after which it is given as prasad to the members of the household. People enjoy dishes made from a variety of green vegetables including Kanda Bhaji, Kochai Patta, Chaulai Bhaji, Lal Bhaji, Bohar Bhaji and Kohda. Muthiya i.e. rice rolls in white sauce, angarkar roti, chausera roti are some of the preparations made from rice flour.

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