Cows walk on fire in India's harvest festival

The age-old ritual is believed to bring good fortune and keep livestock and crops from harm's way


Afp January 16, 2019
The age-old ritual is believed to bring good fortune and keep livestock and crops from harm's way. PHOTO: AFP

BANGALORE, INDIA: Indian devotees led decked-up cows over burning hay to celebrate the Hindu harvest festival in a ritual seeking good fortune and protection from harm.

The Makar Sankaranti festival marks the advent of spring and is celebrated by kite-flying and other regional festivities in the month of January.

In the southern city of Bangalore famous as the tech-hub of India, men decorated the cows with garlands and bells and walked them over hay set ablaze.

The age-old ritual is believed to bring good fortune and keep cows, which are sacred to Hindus, and other livestock and crops from harm's way.

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