Sama-Chakeva festival begins from Friday

KATHMANDU: Sama-Chakeva, a festival that marks the affectionate brother-sister relationship in Maithili communities, has begun from Friday.

On the first day of the 10-day festivity, women collect clay, make idols and decorate them with various colours.

Carrying the same idols in bamboo baskets, they sing in chorus in Maithili language and dance across roundabouts, thoroughfares, public spaces and temples throughout the festivity.

While observing the rituals, women also wish for the long and healthy life of their brothers.

Married women visit their maternal homes for the celebration while those having no brothers observe the festivity with cousins in their locality.

The idols are later submerged in a pond or river or in recently-ploughed land on the eleventh day of full moon to mark the end of the festival.

Legend has it that Sama, a young daughter of Lord Krishna was once falsely accused of wrongdoings and cursed to be a bid. Her brother, Samba, took fearless action out of love towards his sister which finally brought Sama back to human form.

Celebrated in various districts across Tarai including Mahottari, Sarlahi, Siraha, Dhanusha, Saptari and Parsa, the festival is also observed with verve in many bordering towns in India.

In Mithilanchal, it usually begins a day before the Chhat festival.