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Holi: Dhol, Bonfire, and Rotis

For the tribespeople of Dang, Holi, the Hindu festival of colours is the biggest and most popular festival.

Bhairavi's depiction of a woman getting tattooed in the Holi Haat (market)

In Dang, the Holi festival lasts for the 16 days, ending on the day of Rangpanchmi. The day of Holi, known as 'Shimga' by many tribes, is only the 11th day in Dangi celebrations.

Much of the festival is enjoyed and spent by the tribespeople in dancing to the tune of the Dhol (a drum-like instrument), and consuming locally brewed liquor. Every home is lined with decorations, and the entire village celebrates the festival with song, dance, and special food.

The bonfire and Roti trees

An integral part of the festival is the Holi puja, where a large bonfire in lit, and Rotis (Indian flatbread) is hung on tree branches as an offering to the Gods. Amidst these celebrations, the Dangi tribeswomen, sing enchanting hymns.

Dongarithi Mauli …

Holibai rahya lagnala …

Devadari utaril…

Kaliyama uchit…

Khambhvala uchit…

Dongrichi Mauli

On the eve of Holi, the Dangi tribesmen perform The Faag, a tribal dance to the tune of the Madal song, through which the Dangs pray to their Gods for the well-being of the community, and thank their mountains, rivers, plants, and trees.

Leading upto the Faag celebration, children and adults alike ask for the village to chip in, and give contributions (of any amount) for the celebration of Holi. This contribution (also dubbed Faag), is like an entry tax, asked from anyone crossing the village by barricading roads.

Bhairavi's painting of children asking for Faag

These Holi celebrations also include the Dang Darbar.

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