Chhattisgarh’s culture and festivities showcased in Delhi via Hareli festival
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New Delhi: ‘Hareli festival’ a folk festival of Chhattisgarh of love and dedication towards nature was celebrated with enthusiasm at Chhattisgarh Bhawan
Chhattisgarh is a state rich in culture and tradition. The less known aspects of the state were brought into perspective in Delhi, where a traditional festival of the state was celebrated with great pomp and show. Hareli, the agricultural festival of Chhattisgarh, was celebrated at the Chhattisgarh Bhawan as part of an initiative of Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel of preserving the state’s culture and tradition and passing it on to the coming generation.
The aroma of Chhattisgarhi delicacies and the foot-tapping music of traditional folk songs filled the Chhattisgarh Bhawan situated in the Chanakyapuri area of the national capital. It connected the people with the state’s vast culture and tradition.
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The chief minister said, “the main objective behind such celebrations is to connect people especially the youth with their tradition and culture so that people can feel proud of the rich cultural heritage, local festivals and traditions of Chhattisgarh”.
Whilst celebrating such an insightful event the visitors enthusiastically participated in the traditional game of climbing ‘Gendi’. ‘Gendi’ (long bamboo poles with a footrest) requires a lot of concentration and balance. On the other hand, the game also gives us the message of becoming not just physically but mentally healthy as well.
While speaking to Times Now, the Joint Director of the Chhattisgarh Bhawan, Mr. Sunil Singh said, “Hareli is the main festival of Chhattisgarh, it is ingrained in the heart and soul of the people of Chhattisgarh, it also gives out the message how We need to stay in touch with nature. We celebrated this festival today at the Chhattisgarh Bhawan and made the delicacies for us and the visitors.”
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The people of Chhattisgarh settled in Delhi who also participated in the festivals as performers appreciated the Chief Minister’s efforts and initiative and said that such events keep them close to their culture and tradition even when they are far away from their native state. People gathered in good numbers at the Bhawan.
The folk festival of ‘Hareli’ shows the importance of agricultural tradition and the environment. It is considered to be the first festival of the year in the region. After the sowing of paddy, the farmers worship all the agricultural and iron tools on the day of Hareli and pray for a good harvest and health.
The special dish of this festival is ‘cheela’, chausela, kheer, etc. made of rice, which is distributed as prasad. On the day of Hareli, there is a tradition of men making a Gedi (made of bamboo) and climbing on it. Chhattisgarh Resident Commissioner Ajeet Vasant and other dignitaries were present at the occasion.
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