Sarhul is one of the biggest tribal festivals of Jharkhand. It is celebrated during the spring season as flowers blossom on the Saal trees. Sarhul literally means ‘Worship of Saal’ and is dedicated to mother earth. People sing and dance when the new flowers appear. The deities are worshiped with saal flowers. Traditional drum — Dhol, Nagara and Turhi — players keep drumming and playing along with the priest chanting prayers to deities. At the pooja, the priest offers three young roosters of different colors – one to the almighty god; another for the village deities; and the third for the ancestors. The priest concludes the prayers by offering flowers and rice beer to the villagers.
Community correspondent Maria Goretti Kujur made this video with the intent to show and preserve the tribal culture and traditions.