Decorated Cows for the "Festival of the Cow"



Brightly painted bullocks return to work after the third day of the harvest festival, known as the ‘festival of the cow.’ In most pastoral societies in India, cattle are the beasts of burden. Once a year the valuable animals are granted a day’s rest, and paid tribute with various rituals that vary from region to region. They are pampered: some are bathed, fed a special diet, adorned in creative ways; some are oiled, their horns cleaned and polished or painted. Colorful garlands of flowers and ribbons may be hung around their necks.

Bijapur, Northern Karnatak


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