Santhal community celebrated Sohrai in West Bengal’s Purulia with traditional Santhal dance. Sohrai is the most important festival of the Santhals. It is the winter harvest festival celebrated after the rice harvest on a new moon day in the month of Kartik. Tribal villagers pay homage to their gods and ancestors as a thanksgiving for crops, cattle, ploughs, and everything that has helped them to attain the harvest. The name Sohrai is said to have derived from a Palaeolithic age word — soro, meaning to drive with a stick. During the festival time villagers make Sohrai painting. In preparation of the festival, the women of the community repair their mud walls, floors and decorate the walls with their stunning traditional art. These paintings are believed to bring good luck. The celebrations stretch over several days.
Source: Times of India