Post Diwali, Bhopal cheers to buffalo fight

November 14th, 2007 - 10:29 am ICT by admin  

Over a dozen buffaloes decked up with painted horns and feathers fought at the local ground in Kaetha village as ecstatic villagers wildly cheered on.

“This is an age old tradition and we have really enjoyed it…Although this is wrong, but since it is an age old tradition therefore it cannot be broken.” Rampal Singh, a spectator, said.

Continuing for several generations, the event is organised every year just a day after Diwali-the festival of lights. Buffalo that manages to send its rival out of the marked field is declared the winner.

Buffaloes taking part in the fight are served rich food, lots of butter, milk and sometimes alcohol to enrage them. They are also fed dry fruits and nuts before the fight.

“This is an age old tradition. The buffalos are fed with about 10 litres of milk a day to prepare them for the fight…We celebrate the day after Diwali with much fervour and gaiety,” said Anil Yadav, a villager. (ANI)

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