FESTIVALS & FOLK DANCES
The worship place is known as SARNA STHAL. It is a place chosen by the priest called PAHAN or BAIGA. Usually sarnasthal remains aside the village where at least one Sal tree is found. This is also known as CHALA- PACHO. CHALA means SARNA and PACHO means OLD WOMAN. Therefore it means a house of old woman .
PAHAN/BAIGA is traditional priest of tribal community. The post of priestship is inherited by birth. They may come from any caste. PAHAN is the headman of the village and every villagers respect his statements. During SARHUL he keeps fasting from a day ago. Other villagers may also keep fasting. On the day of Sarhul, Pahan worships goddess SARNA offering blood of red or brown spotted chicken or cock and HARIA, a kind of local alcoholic drink made from rice. Then he moves door to door and sprinkles water in every house brought from the SARNASTHAL. This function is considered auspicious and is believed that it will bring prosperity to them.
After religious performances villagers indulge in merry making. They perform SARHUL DANCE and sing SARHUL SONGS. Villagers in their traditional dress appear very nice. Men wear KARYA, a kind of coarse DHOTI about 24-25 hand long and 1-2 hand wide. Villagers with their dance group gather at a place. Their musical performances make everyone to dance.
Villagers keep all agricultural works aside during the festival. They begin their cultivation job on the next day of SARHUL with tilling their land .
KARMA : This a festival of brothers and sisters .It is celebrated in rotation from one village to another .Like other festivals it is also a way of merry making by local population .This festival is divided into three categories :-
(1) RAJ KARMA .
(2) BUDHI KARMA .
(3) PADDA KARMA .
Raj karma is celebrated by the whole community in this region .Budhi karma is celebrated only by old women in the month of June to call the god of rain .The third one is celebrated by the whole villagers .