The Ho tribal community living in Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal holds a series of festivals connected with different agricultural operations from sowing to harvesting. Dancing is a must for every festival. Ho is the shorter form of Horo that literally means a human being. The dance that the Hos perform at the time of sowing paddy seeds is called Domrua. The festival is held in April/May. First the spirits of the ancestors are worshipped and a cock is sacrificed. The fields where the seeds will be sown is given turmeric. The Gods of the field are called Nage-era and Bindi-era. When the rituals are over, both men and women perform the Domrua dance.
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