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MOICHARA. Moichara,The cattle race. Moichara celebrating harvest in West Bengal at Late summer.Moichara is mainly held in different villages of South 24 Paraganas, West Bengal.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 Summer . Local farmers decide upon a paddy field, and they come from neighbouring villages with their bulls to race them in the waterlogged fields.The bulls taking part in Moichara are meticulously reared for this wild racing event. They are left unbridled for a frenzied run, and the men with all their might run with them till the finishing line of the race through the paddy fields filled with water and mud up to 6 inches.It is a sight to watch the bulls race down the sloppy field, splashing the muddy water everywhere, which creates intense drama in the environment.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2023
Date Uploaded: 11.2023
Photo Location: South 24 Parganas, India
Camera: NIKON D5600