India | Himachal Pradesh


Buhana is a custom prevalent within the farming communities of Himachal Pradesh. It is also known by different names such as Hela and Jwari. This custom is a beautiful example of community feelings within a clan. Buhana is performed on the occasion of seedlings, weeding, hoeing and harvesting. All activities of this custom are performed co-operatively.

Though the tasks are being performed by the whole community for one of their brethren, a drummer stands at a raised spot and beats his drum rhythmically to which all keep time as they go about their work. After a day's work, the members take Bhatedus (thick round bread made of whole wheat flour) and other delicacies. The womenfolk, who work with the men, also sing to the beat of the drum.

Updated on 7th June, 2005


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