Cue Card #A Special Event Bagwal
Describe a special event (e.g. a festival, carnival or other celebration) that takes place in your country.
You should say:
- When the event takes place
- Why it takes place
- What people do
- And explain why the event is special.
I would like to talk about Bagwal, a festival which takes place near the Deivdhura temple in the Champawat district of Uttarakhand, a state in the Northern part of India. It is celebrated on the 11th day of the 5th month (of the Hindu lunar calendar) i.e. in the month of August.
I think, the festival dates back to 8 AD. It was started to appease a Hindu Goddess called Varahi, by sacrificing animal and human blood. Villagers from the surrounding area form two groups, and they start pelting stones at each other, which results in people bleeding. Once the head priest feels that enough blood has been shed he calls for, to stop the fight. Post the event injured people are taken care of and the festival comes to an end with recitation of prayers. People from throughout the state and neighboring state come to witness the festival.
As the date suggest Bagwal is the oldest festival known to mankind, which has managed to live through ages, as well it keep us linked to our tradition. Off lately, no animals are sacrificed, which shows responsible behavior towards the animals. (187 Words)