Jamshedpur, March 20: Johar Haat, a week-long monthly platform provided by Tata Steel Foundation to showcase tribal craftsmanship and culture concluded today. The theme of this edition was based on ‘Sarhul’, the festival of nature celebrated by tribals in the region.
This month’s edition, which kicked off from March 14, witnessed participation from four states and seven tribes. Cane products from Meghalaya, dry flower products from Assam, Mat craft from West Bengal, Loomang craft from Jharkhand, Palo Munda textile from Jharkhand, Daricha Foundation from West Bengal, tribal healers from Jharkhand and Mandi Edppa and tribal cuisine from Jharkhand were main attractions.
The week-long Haat witnessed a footfall of over 700 people.
Various workshops were also organised on cane craft bending and attachment, mat craft weaving, dry flower making and tribal healing processes during the week. The tribal crafts on display were complemented by an array of tribal cuisine comprising ‘Malpua’ with ‘Madwa’ floor and ‘date jaggery’.
The exhibition which is organised every month at Prakriti Vihar in Kadma was conceptualised to create a dedicated space for exhibiting the art, craft, cuisine and culture of tribes across India. The next edition of Johar Haat will be held from April 14-20, 2023.
Sarhul is a festival celebrated by the tribes of Jharkhand, Odisha and Chhattisgarh mainly by the Oraon, Munda and Ho community. They worship and seek the blessings of their deity, Dharti Mata (mother goddess of the earth).The Festival is usually celebrated in the spring season when the trees and plants start to bloom. The main ritual of the festival involves the worship of the Sal tree, which is considered sacred by the tribes. The Sal tree is decorated with flowers, leaves and fruits and offerings of rice, grains and sweets are made to the deity.
Sarhul is also a celebration of the tribal community’s unity and solidarity. It is a time when people come together to dance, sing, and feast on traditional dishes like dhuska, pitha, and handia. The festival is an essential part of the tribal culture and is celebrated with great enthusiasm and zeal by the community. Johar Haat showcased the essence of the Sarhul festival in its March edition by incorporating its traditional elements into its decorative elements. The dishes served at the event also reflected the spirit of Sarhul and its cultural significance.