The festival that is held next is called Batauli Parab. It is celebrated in the month of August/September and is associated with the proper growth and vitality of the standing crop. This festival is also dedicated to the memory of the legendary hero Lita. The dance is named after the festival, i.e., Batauli Nach.
The nae of the festival is Hero Parab. It is held on the full moon night of the lunar month of Ashadh (June/July). Around this time the paddy fields are re-ploughed to get rid of the weeds. Ritual offerings are made to the divinities, namely, Desauli and Jaera. This festival is celebrated in the memory of Lita, the legendary hero. The legend of the Hos is : Lita is the youngest son of Surmi who was killed by the mythical wild animal called Bandu. Lita prayed the deity named Jaera. Pleased with the sincere prayer the deity gave blessings to Lita so that he can recover the dead body of his father from the claws of the ferocious animal. Lita showing exceptional bravery and determination recovered the body of his father from the wild animal. Therefore, Lita is regarded as an ideal son.
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.
Ponung is the harvest dance performed by the Adi tribal community of Arunachal Pradesh. It is danced at the festival held just before the harvesting operations. It is believed that the dance will bring about a good harvest and prosperity to the community. Married girls and women take part in the dance which is led by a man called Miri. He is adept in singing the particular songs that tell of local myth of the origin of paddy and other crops. While singing the Miri rhythmically rattles the iron disc fitted loosely to the hilt of his sword. The dancers in chorus repeat the lines sung by the Miri. No other musical instrument is used in this dance.
Dhan Nach, which literally means Paddy Dance, is the harvest dance of Sikkim where paddy is the main crop. The dance is performed by both men and women at the time of every important agricultural operation, especially while the paddy is being harvested. The dancers wear traditional costumes. Men wear typical pajama and shirt locally called Daura-suruwal, a waist coat, and Patuka (sash), Topi (cap), and Rumal (Kerchief). Women wear Fariya (a type of sari), Coubandi-cholo (typical blouse), and Hembari (scarf tied on the chest). They also wear various kinds of traditional ornaments. The musical accompaniment is provided by Madal – a drum with two faces, and Murali, the bamboo flute. The dancers also tie jingle bells, locally called gungur, on their ankles.