Salhesh proudly brings the glimpses of the Sama-Chakeva celebration from the heart of Mithila largely picturized over the communities in lower socio-economic strata courtesy Mr. Aanand Sahani.
Sama Chakeva, the quintessence of the Mithilachal’s festival beautifully blends fervors of the mother nature with the values of family bonding and personal sacrifices.
The festival comprises of making a pair of clay idols of birds known as Sama and Chakewa representing the affectionate brother-sister relationship.
After nine days of folk singing, traditional rituals and festivities, led by women only members of the family, the idols are submerged in local ponds on the day of the Kartik Purnima which is the most popular day for bathing in the Holy river of Ganges in Varanasi.
This celebration is also to show regards towards the environment by welcoming the colourful migratory birds on the plains of India (Bihar) and Nepal descended during the start of winter from the Northern Himalayas to roost.