Gavri festival begins-40 days of fasting pledged
Gavri fun begins in Mewar.
Gavri-the 40 day long festive season of the adivasis (tribes) began on 16th August. The folk dance and act of the tribes will have people from the ages of 6 to 86. It may be noted that where some of the tribes observe fast on the “paancham” and “saatam”, the tribes of Bedla region have pledged to fast for the entire 40 days of celebrations.
During the entire season, the gavri members stay away from alcohol, non-veg diet and sex. They also avoid sleeping on beds, do not wear shoes and even avoid green vegetables as it is believed that this would harm the insects. They usually take only one meal per day which comprises of coarse grains. Basically they stay away from their homes and return only after 40 days.
The Gameti tribe in Bedla village has pledged a 40 day fasting after a period of 13 years. The colourful rituals have various acts of war between Gods and demons and are performed with full vigour. The enthusiasm in the tribes attracts people to witness their acts which can be seen in various parts of the region.