The annual tribal festival Bhagoria

  • The annual tribal festival Bhagoria commenced in 5 districts of Madhya Pradesh from March 6.
  • The week-long festival is organised at different Bhagoria haats (local markets) in Jhabua, Alirajpur, Dhar, Khargone and Barwani districts in western Madhya Pradesh.
  • Bhagoria Haat is the colorful festival of the Bhils and the Bhilalas.
  • This festival is held particularly in the district of West Nimar and Jhabua and the ‘haat’ is held actually in the nature of a mass ‘Svayamvara’ or a marriage market.
  • This is indicated in the name of the festival, Bhagoria Haat and during the festival the young people elope after choosing their partners.
  • They are later on accepted as husband and wife by the society through prearranged customs.
  • As per tradition, the boy is supposed to apply gulal, red powder, on the face of the girl whom he chooses as his wife.
  • If the girl is willing, she also applies gulal on the boy’s face.
  • The Bhagoria Haat also concurs with the completion of harvesting, making it an agricultural festival as well.
  • The Bhagoria Haat Festival is held on 25th feb to 5th March 2016, mainly on various market days before the beginning of the Holi Festival.

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