Holi tradition in Sohana village: After 8 years, animal carcasses, skulls found outside houses

The carcasses of animals were also found scattered in the village. The village used to celebrate Holi in this manner till eight years ago.

By: Express News Service | Mohali | Published: March 26, 2016 9:37 am

After having given up on the traditional practice on Holi since 2008, residents of Sohana village woke up on Thursday morning to find animal bones and skulls hanging from the main gates of their houses.

The carcasses of animals were also found scattered in the village. The village used to celebrate Holi in this manner till eight years ago.

This year, however, some villagers came against the old tradition of celebrating the festival of colours.

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Police said they did not receive any information regarding the incident as the villagers termed it as an old tradition. Sohana station house officer Rajiv Kumar said: “Nobody approached us. So, we could not take any action.”

Parminder Singh Sohana, the sarpanch of the village, said nobody ever complained against this. He said in 2008, the residents decided on their own that they will not celebrate Holi in this manner. Therefore, since then Holi was celebrated without this tradition. However, this year again the old tradition was back in the village.

Pal Singh, a village elder, said for the past 50 years, he saw residents playing Holi by throwing carcasses on the streets and hanging animal skulls, bones and flesh outside the main gates of houses and shops a night before Holi.

He said they never complained against it, but for the past five or six years, the residents decided against this tradition.

Meanwhile, this time some youngsters came against the old tradition. However, they did not wish to be named.

One of these youths told The Chandigarh Newsline that they will approach ‘Tarksheel’ committee against the custom as it is very filthy and unhygienic. The engineering student in a local college said they do want to carry the tradition forward.

The police fist intervened in 2008 and convinced the residents not to celebrate Holi in this manner.

The then station house officer (SHO) of Sohana police station, Mahinder Singh, played an active role in convincing the people.

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