The week-long traditional Bhagoria festival (or Bhagoria Haat) kicked-off with much fun and frolic at Bistan, Padliya, Karanya and Maheshwar haat (tribal market), under Khargone district on Friday.
The festival is celebrated among the tribals of Jhabua, Dhar, Barwani, Khandwa, Khargone and Alirajpur districts of western Madhya Pradesh a week ahead of Holi.
The festival is a perfect blend of tradition and modernization of tribal life in the region and it will continue till March 5.
The festival symbolises the tradition of choosing life partners at the fair and getting married by eloping.
However with the changing times the tradition of eloping is not prevalent anymore in the festival as most of the educated tribal youth in this part of the state prefer to have a social consent with the boy or the girl of their own choice.
On the opening day of festival large number of tribal men wearing dhoti-turban and women sporting ghagras and choli thronged to attend the haat with great enthusiasm and were seen dancing to the beats of traditional drums.
Bhagwan Barela, one of the tribal from Bistan village said that the age-old tradition is an opportunity for thousands of tribal men and women to choose life partner of their own choice.
Describing the concept of Bhagoria, Barela said if any boy wishes to marry a girl of his own choice during the fair, he has to put gulal on the face of the woman he likes.
If the girl too wishes to marry the man, she can accept his proposal by putting gulal back on the man’s face. After this, the couple runs away from the fair and later get married they.