Festivals

Dasara Festival:

Having sona ended comes the 'Kanyamasa'. This is the month of removal of rice seeds. Before this the new 'Tene' should come inside the house. This is only the 'Koral' festival. Almost they celebrate this in 'Mahanavami' day. On the first day night the head of the house should wear wet clothes, having hold of 'Parkathi' he has to go to the field. Having cut off 'Kalu' and 'Daddal' trees bark, he covers himself with it, upto it they keep the Cucumber. Mango and jackfruit branches will be tied together. Having this all he keeps this on the middle of 'pairu' as a hidden thing as anyone can't see. Next day morning having a cloth tied to his head and new cloth being tied to his waist, having tene he goes to his house surroundings. After this the girl children's will catch the deepa and having kumkum and flowers, which is mixed with kumkum, having sprinkling the rice, come to their father. They just put little water on his feet saying poli poli, they keep the tene in their tulasi and then they hit the coconuts. Then they just take the deepa up and they put the gandha. To this tene mango and jackfruit leaves are joined and then it is tied with Daddal. They tie this to the selected pieces. 'Hatti', 'kotti', 'noga', 'nagilu', 'halage', 'ghost's bed' is going to be tied with this tene then the remaining tene is used to do something of rice. One one will take five kaalu of cow's milk on a jackfruits leaf they drink it. Now it became that Jnana Lakshmi has come to the house. On this occasion outana should be held this is only 'poddar' 9, 11, 17, 24 etc. Many types of things like sugarcane, Pachchadi, Salt garlic, Timare's chatni, Sour Gourd, chilly, Pathrade should be present. Having something mixed 'Koddel'-Aha! So nice taste on this day money should not be spending means heritage is followed on the vessel the old rice is remained it means that house of bad sense and of no use.

Ganesh Chaturthi:

The head of the house will keep the idol of lord Ganesh and do the pooja this is the heritage of Tulunadu is famous. Upon the banana leaf we keep white rice and a cup of water. To the mouth of the cup tie 5 leaves of mango and jackfruit tree. They'll join the coconuts to it. Around the rice they keep the sugarcane up to one-inch height. They will decorate it with huruli flower even that is special. They will decorate lord Ganesh with Gouri flower grown in the garden. By using rice with all salt they will prepare laddus, dosa, aralina kajjaya, banana, jagari, kobbari. These are the naivedya. They will make spirit lamps by using rice flour. They will also grind it and mix it with kajjaya. The kumkum kept in the jackfruit leaf was used by the people for putting in it forehead and praying to lord Ganesh and then having a sweet food on chathurthi day nonveg food is prohibited for the Bunts. The land which is related to lord Naga, those who having this on the 11th day "Anantha Chathurdashi", they would celebrate this as "Nompu" on that day also nonveg is prohibited.

'Bisu' (Saura yugadi):

Paggu sakramanam is the beginning of the New Year for the Bunts. Paggu sankramana is celebrated on 'Bisu Festival' by the Tuluvas. This clearly shows that from the beginning itself they used to worship sun God. That is why it is called as "Saura Yugadi". Bunts prepare special and delicious foods especially for the day of Vishu. 'Payasum' and soud guard curry is the symbol of life's sweetness and sorrow. They also used to wear new dresses to celebrate the vishu day festival.

Aatida Amavase:

During 'Aati da amase' or 'month of Mithuna', no major tasks being undertaken. One cannot see Paady Granary, "Akki Mudi', during the aati month. Bunts eat "uppad pachir", (Jack fruit pieces soaked with salt water), jack fruit, dried jackfruit seeds, dryfish eat in the month of aati. Married daughters should spend the month of aati in their parent's residence. Parents invite their married daughters to their home. In the month of aati, Bunts puts "Agel". Agel is a system of providing meals to the dead. Meals should contain chicken, fish curry rice toddy. All the members of the family gather together. There is also a system of conducting marriages for the unmarried dead. This is known as "Marriages of Dead".

Next is "Ashad Amavasyam"-it is a custom to drink the medicinal juice prepared from the pieces of the trunk of the tree called "Paale Tree". "Paale Tree" is well known for the purpose of the preparation of medicines. It is said that the tree has the power to cure many diseases. In the dawn of the day, one of the male members of the family goes to the Pale Tree in naked to bring its pieces. He should remove the Pale tree piece from the tree in a single hit by using the sharp stone edge. Mixing pepper and garlic with the extracted Pale tree milk is though bitter to drink wonderful for maintaining good health through out the year.

Nagara Panchami (Naga Festival):

Tuluvas ever used to worship the snakes. Bunts give importance to the snake worship (Nagaradhanam). They have the faith that naga or snake live in their land protects them. One of the "Daivam" worshipped by the Bunts is "JadeDari". "JadeDari" daiva is nothing but the worshipping of Naga God (God of Snake).

The next day was the Krishna Janmashtami Festival. The person who asked for a boon had put charcoal powder on his body, and aracanut cap head saying himself to be lord Krishna in a long way the festival of the village temple procession will be held. The statue of high status 'Ashwasthakatte' has got a pooja! In front of that there is an interesting programme. The first entertainment programme, which was started in the village, was their having the power as the head of the village, on the landlords request cockfight is going to be held."Kalaga" at least will be held in whose house thus there is no cock there hens flush if going to be distributed on that day at everyone's house hen and 'Mude', Religion, caste with discrimination, being together is the greatness of the Ashtami Festival. In the rainy season the coming Mohrum Muslims are very special. But on the Ashtami day there will be Alavi dance, fire walk and all the village people will take part in it. Landlords will be the head here.

Deepavali -Bathing Festival:

House is fulled 'Hem', new rice food, rice payasa with all the village people is held. Now in this rain, in the sunlight before which has been working in sunlight. Bullock cart, bull which works in the field-should we do pooja for this? The world's Kantaka, narakasura's death remembrance abhyanjana should be held. Deepas chain should be brightened on this request comes the deepavali. Saying, can we forget mother Kaveri. Having passed Kanyamasa tulumas will be started on the day tula sakramana, Kaveri procession is held this takes place in a place called Talakaveri of Kodagu. But also our life routs, river Kaveri is sacred. Why because for Bunts the journey of Kaveri is very much liked. From Talakaveri to Brahmagiri the Main place of Kaveri they have a bath it means that they have a bath in Ganga river. We get the same happiness as we get in river Ganga. Not only this the Bunts also have a festival called Kaveri Sankranthi. On this day Kasara branches is spread in their own field. Pairu, which is filled with 'Tene' Having no one seen. We have only one shouting, "in your eyes Kasaras thorns is present.

Kaveri and the Kasara's plant have a relation this relation is like the relation in the hills Nellikayi and the sea's salt. That day's importance is eating rices 'Grain'. New rice bella having coconut mixed properly. Having it windowed it becomes stronger. Having ghee spread in the plate. In the day's night cropping on the day making it as a halva and then eating it. Kaveri Sankranthi is ended. Other strange belief is those who have kaveri bath when having lunch. If suppose the deepa offs they should leave the lunch and get up. On that day the field cannot be harvested. "Balipadya"s month is arrived. This is the festival of lights. This is the festival when devotees offer their prayer to the lord. Before Amavasya the bathing festival should be finished. First day evening time the mug which has water in which we bath and boil water should be tied with flowers on its neck, mango leaves tied together should be tied. Jedi mud's piece on the pot draw the pictures of the Sun, Moon etc. and decorate it. Inside by touching the cow dung it should be purified. Women should tie flowers on her hair, should light deepa on the pot. After that taking water from the well, the pot should be filled with water. Next day morning when the cock crows the head of the house should boil the water. After that all the family members should have oil bath. Dosa, Paddy's Rava, Kajjaya should be eaten. The next is the full moon day.

Cow and calves should be given a bath. Inside kitchen joggery poorana and sweet kadabu, jackfruit leaves should be put in the fire. Sweet kadabu should be given to the cow.

Krishnastami: 'Attami' (worship of lord Krishna):

Krishnastami is celebrated in the month of simha (Sona Masam). Krishnastami day is the day of (Rohini Nakshtram) star rohini of shravana. 'Moode' is special food item on the day of Astami (Moode is the food prepared from rice). The day before astami is "Bolanth" 'Rice payasam' is the special food item for "Bolunth". 'Chennamane' play is the popular game and bunts used to play chennamane till midnight on bolunk.