Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Tribals celebrate Tusu with fervour in Jamshedpur, cock fight under vigil

Jamshedpur: Tusu festivity gripped the city as the tribals in and around the city celebrated  the harvest festival, with traditional fanfare and gaiety. Various social and cultural organisations organised events to mark the occasion.

Hundreds of people, especially tribals, assembled near river banks to offer prayers and take a dip.

“Melas are a traditional part of Tusu. It is organised with an aim to bring the traditional tribal culture and tribal artisans to the limelight. But due to Covid we decided to give it a skip,” said Dikuram Manjhi, president, organizing committee, Tusu Mela Samiti, Itagarh.

 Makar Sankranti depicts the auspicious harvest season of the rural Bengal. The girls of every peasant family participate in Tusu Parab with the hope that the Goddess will shower holy bless on her.

Moreover, eateries including some restaurants have closed down their shutters for more than a week at this time of the year. Starting from well known joints- Anand, Ashirwaad and Madrasi Hotel in Bistupur will remain closed for about 10 days due to the festive season.  In Jamshedpur, most of the eateries employ their staff from Purulia, West Bengal or Patamda and Potka blocks of East Singhbhum or other parts of Jharkhand for whom Makar Sankranti is the biggest festival. The food business will be hit and foodies will have to find another options that either includes high end restaurants and hotels or street food.

Meanwhile, the district police have deployed more than 3,000 police force along with around 200 women cops at different places during Makar Sankranti and Tusu festivity at different places of the city.

An official said that they have deployed large number of police personnel at Domuhani. All the thana OCs have been directed to increase vigil along approach roads to major ghats and also to picnic spots as people will also throng picnic spots.

Tusu festivities are held at Domuhani, Bhillaipahari, Ghaghidih, Parsudih and even in Ghatshila drawing thousands of tribals. Special vigil would also be held at crowded places which witness cockfights to avoid any law and order situation. For those offices going professionals who avoid street food and prefer to binge at eateries inside the market areas will have to compromise.

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