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Bullock Race

The speciality of this festival lies in the way it is celebrated, which is marked by cattle race among villagers. Though this festival has over a 100-year-old history in different regions of West Bengal, unable to keep pace with time, it is now on the verge of extinction. However, the villagers of Canning with their whole-hearted efforts have kept the tradition alive. The primary purpose of this cattle race is to test the capacity of the bulls before the start of cultivation in the rainy season and increase the fertility of the land. Moichara usually takes place during late June or early July. Local farmers decide upon a paddy field, and they come from neighbouring villages with their bulls to race them in the waterlogged fields.

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Date Taken: 07.2018
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © Kuntal Kumar Roy