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Tomatina Festival Is Old News, Tamil Nadu's 'Gobar' Fest Is Now Grabbing Eyeballs

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We Indians are very proud of our festivals and how we celebrate them. That's perhaps why even when Indians move out of their homeland, their festivities also tag along to the new geolocation they call home.

So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that India seeks no inspiration from the popular La Tomatina Festival of Spain. That's because India has its own desi version of the festival but the only major difference is that instead of tomatoes, this festival is celebrated using fresh gobar or cow dung.

Yeah, holy shit!

So in the southern village of Gumatapura in Tamil Nadu, an annual festival named Gore Habba is celebrated post-Diwali wherein people play with cow dung because they believe it brings 'good health'.

Let them Festive Faeces Fly! Cow dung fight in India brings 'good health'https://t.co/X7hPHucK6n pic.twitter.com/ImWQy4IlVy

— RT (@RT_com) November 5, 2019

In a video shared by RT, we can see how the villagers are jumping into a pool of cow dung and making merry smeared in dung, as happy revellers look on and celebrate.

The locals believe that cow dung has healing properties and can cure several diseases, and hence the involvement of cow excreta doesn't bother them or stop them from participating.

One reveller named Prabhu told RT that, “Cow dung is very natural and has a lot of medicinal benefits. Others might say if we throw cow dung at each other we will get some infections or even some disease. But with the trust of our god Beereshwara, we are playing in the cow dung, so nothing happens to us.”

He also shared that the festival promotes inclusivity, as anybody from any religion and caste can participate in this festival, though no women were seeing participating in the festival.

Any takers for the festival?


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