People in Ranchi revelled in festivities and sang traditional songs, marking the end of the Tusu harvest festival over the weekend.
Soaked in religious and cultural fervour, young girls carry temple-like structures, ‘Tusu’, in traditional attires, which are submerged in water after prayers are offered. The fortnight-long ‘Tusu’ festival starts on January 15 every year.
Locals were seen dancing to drumbeats on the streets and many were seen depicting mythological characters. People expressed their happiness and sought god’s blessings for prosperity.
“Our celebrations for ‘Tusu’ start after ‘Makar Sankranti.’ We consider this one of our major festivals, said Gopi, a resident. ‘Pitha,’ or pancake, is an integral part of the festival and every family prepares its own delicacy. ‘Tusu’ is similar to harvest festivals in other parts of the country, and is celebrated by preparing food from newly harvested crops. — ANI