Assam celebrates Baikho festival for good harvest and rain | Pics
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People in Assam began celebrations Saturday for a spring festival called Baikho festival.
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The festival is meant to bring in an auspicious harvest season filled with abundant crops and good health.
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Locals in Gamerimura village gathered to mark the usually colorful celebrations.
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The Baikho festival is predominantly observed by the Rabha tribes every year in June.
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During the festival, a series of rituals are carried out to ward off evil spirits, spark ample rains and bring good will to the community.
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Priests offer prayers to the harvest god, who they believe will bring a generous crop season..
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An Indian Rabha tribal Hindu priest runs barefoot over burning charcoal as part of rituals during Baikho festival at Gamerimura village.