BendurThe Bendur festival in Maharashtra is a celebration of farm animals.  The bullocks and cattle who have been so lovingly part of farm work are cared for through the rainy season.  They are treated as family members for, after all, they have labored with the family; they are rested, and then, after being bathed, are covered with bright and designed cloths.  Their horns are polished and painted.  They are paraded through the village.  The festival is a revelation of a culture in which domesticated animals are part of the family.  It comes at a time after the heaviest work during the rainy season, when animals and humans have ploughed and labored through mud and dirt.  It celebrates the work of the animals and their masters.

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