“Moi Chara” The Year Old Traditional Farmer’s Game Still Celebrated As Harvesting Festival In Bengal

Moi Chara
"Moi Chara" in Herobhanga. Pic curtesy Ashok Nath Dey

“Moi Chara” is an exceptional agricultural sports that are celebrated as harvesting season with full of excitement and enthusiasm in Herobhanga Village in Bengal. Farmers of all over India celebrated harvesting season that started before Monsoon with the famous game called “Bull Race” to make the earth more fertile before bowing crop.

India is known as agricultural economic country. Before monsoon farmers stared to get ready for next harvest season. They prepare their field through a game called “Bull Race” or “Moi Chara” in Bengal before bowing crops. This is a year old traditional game that is famous in India, especially in Kerala.

Bull Race that local calls “Moi Chara” is one of the unique Event that Held only some villages in West Bengal. In the season of Monsoon Farmers perform this game to make the field ready to bow the crops. Farmers trained their bulls through the year for performing the game perfectly to win and show their strength to their rival Village.

This event held every year in the village called “Herobhanga” in Canning dist. in West Bengal. It is an internal game between two villages and symbol of strength and power. After monsoon before the cultivation starts, motto of this games to make the land eligible for more crop.

The Process Of “Moi Chara” or “Bull Race”

The participants are not human, It is bulls or cows who takes part of the game. Bulls are trained through the year for the race. They used to tied with a big metal rod with a rack. The attached metal rod to push the lower portion of the rack in side the soil. This process make the harder soil come out to become softer and muddy for bowing the seeds.

It makes the field more fertile and ready to cultivate for the season. Three men are accompanied with a pair of Bulls. When they started to run two men escaped and only one trainer hold the rope of two bulls and support them to the right direction. Bulls will be eliminate if they cross out of the track.

The pair first cross the finishing line will be winner. This competition held between two or more villages to show off their strength and position in the society. The winners of the league compete in the semi final and final to win the tournament.

The cows or bulls who are participant of the race are well maintained for only race. They are not allow to other work. They are trained daily by experienced trainers, care about their food and their well beings. Seasonal fruits and jaggery also included in their diet.

“Moi Chara” or Bull Race is famous In Kerala

“Moi Chara” is known as Bull Race in other parts of India and it is famous in it’s kind in Kerala. In Kerala post harvest festival Bull Race is famous as “Maramadi”. It is a relentless competition or sports among 300 pairs of Bulls.

Maramadi is an exceptional event of “Kakkoor Kaalavayal” which has a tradition of thousands of years. Bulls are reared tremendously well trained for this wild race. People from all over India gather on the event to watch.

Each pairs of bulls violently chased by three men and bulls are left for free mad run with three men till the finishing line. Bull race is organized on the paddy fields merged in 6 inches of water and mud.

No doubt of it that it is an exceptional competition which shows the strength of human against the beast force of bulls. The Bull race is a 100 miter long race in the muddy and watery field.

Bull race is very famous in Kerala which is every year a big attraction for local people as well as tourists also. But in Bengal “Moi Chara” is not so famous. Many people gather in this event every year but they have no convenience way or proper infrastructure to arrange for sitting there. Herobhanga district is just couple of hours from Kolkata and even any body want to stay there for two days there is no hotel or any other option.

Every year the event “moi Chara” held in Herobhanga and almost 130 to 150 participants are gather for the competition but it is not known properly due to the lack of accommodation. Hope the things will change and “moi Chara” also might be the another big bash like Kerala Bull Race.

Watch the video how Field Heroes play the real life games to cultivate crops for hungry nation.


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