January marks the beginning of the harvest season in South East Asia. In the Indian sub-continent a specific day (14th January) marks the beginning of the Harvest Season. It has many names of which Sankranthi, Pongal and Lohri are the ones I know. The most interesting fact about this is people in different states of India celebrate it in many different ways. In the North its more of dance and celebrations that go on through out the day, further down south, in my home town, we celebrate it by flying kites through out the day and down south its the amazing and extremely tasty Pongal that is prepared to enjoy this day.
But a small town about 100 miles from Bangalore in India celebrates this festival in a unique way. Kichchu Haisodu is a sport where farmers along with their bulls run over burning hay stacks to keep bad spirits and ghosts away from their crop for the year. It's a tradition that these farmers have followed for hundreds of years and their believe only gets stronger with each year. Farmers then spread the ash in their fields marking the end of this festival sport.
One little fact I did find out is that this day also marks the beginning of the gradual increase of the duration of the day. Back in India this mean an extra 20 minutes of day light. After moving to New York these changes are more then welcomed...