Hindu Festival in a small village in Jharkhand state (India).
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Based on the date (April 11, 2013), this may be Ugadi or Gudi Padwa, a celebration of the New Year's Day according to the lunisolar Hindu calendar.
If you can identify the exact name of the Festival or have more info about this ritual, please post a comment!
The Hindu priest of the village walks from a Temple to a nearby pond, over the shoulders of the young men of the village, while a group of older men beat drums with canes.
As soon as the priest has walked on the shoulders of a man, that man runs back to the front of the line and sits on the ground again.
The bare-foot Hindu priest will walk all the way to the pond without touching the ground, and the ceremony will continue near the water.
Photos taken in India in 2013
The highlight if this trip was the Maha Kumba Mela Hindu Festival, the largest human gathering on earth, which happens once every 12 years.
Other regions visited include the springs of the Ganges river, Varanasi, the Konark sun temple.
See also my photos of Nepal that I took the same year.