Meaning of the Johar greeting used by President


  • The 15th President of India, Droupadi Murmu, assumed office with a ‘Johar’ greeting to the country.

About Johar

  • Johar greeting used by President
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    Essentially means ‘salutation and welcome’, is used within the tribal communities of Jharkhand, and in parts of Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

  • According to several tribal leaders from Jharkhand, the word also means ‘paying respect’.
  • Tribal communities are nature worshippers and follow Sarna religion code, although it is not an official religion.

Do all tribal communities use the word for greeting?

  • There are 32 tribal communities in Jharkhand who speak different dialects.
  • Almost all, including tribal Christians, use the word along with some other words for salutation.
  • The word, is predominantly used by Santhali, Munda and Ho communities that share some similarities.
  • People belonging to the Oraon community use the word ‘Jai Dharam’, apart from Johar, as a salutation.
Is there only one form of ‘Johar’ salutation?
  • There are at least four types. One of them is ‘Doboh Johar’, which is used between people where one among them has a higher standing. Ratan Tikrey, a former member of Tribes Advisory Council (TAC) said that in ‘Doboh Johar’ there is a ritual where the person with a tumbler full of water bows in front of the person of higher standing.

Reference: IE

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