Tusu Festival

Tusu Festival is a folk festival held on the last day of the Bengali month of Poush, i.e., Makar Sankranti. It is mainly river centric.It is a unifying form of common faith and belief of the agrarian society in joy of harvesting crops.[1] At the end of the festivities, the immersion of the image of Tusu is done vividly and with songs which have a melancholic ring. Rural fairs are also organised during the festival.[2] The festival Tusu, is mostly celebrated in Southwest of West Bengal, Southeast of Jharkhand, Northeastern Odisha as well in the Tea-State of Assam.[3][4][5]

Crowd in Tusu Festival
Tusu parab
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Observed byTribal Hindus of East India
Significanceworship of Goddess Tusmani
Celebrationscrops harvesting
Related toMakar Sankranti


There are different theories about the origin of the word Tusu. Many believe that the word 'tusu' originates from rice bran, which is called Tush in Bengali.[2]

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  1. ^ Kundu, Satabdi; Islam, Md. Mohidul; Nandi, Shyamal Kumar (Dec 2016). "Traditional Festivity of Tusu Puja: An Anthropological Appraisal". Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India. 65 (2): 333–340. doi:10.1177/2277436x20160211. ISSN 2277-436X. S2CID 217935042 – via SAGE journals.
  2. ^ a b Anjalika Mukhopadhyay (2012). "Tusu Festival". In Islam, Sirajul; Miah, Sajahan; Khanam, Mahfuza; Ahmed, Sabbir (eds.). Banglapedia: the National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Online ed.). Dhaka, Bangladesh: Banglapedia Trust, Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. ISBN 984-32-0576-6. OCLC 52727562. Retrieved 5 February 2023.
  3. ^ McDaniel, June (Aug 2002). No. 2. "O Ṭuṣu Mā: Self-Expression, Oral History, and Social Commentary for the Jharkhand Goddess". International Journal of Hindu Studies. Springer. 6 (2): 175–197. doi:10.1007/s11407-002-0007-7. JSTOR 20106813. S2CID 144677997.
  4. ^ Bhattacharya, Dr. Shreya; Kuiry, Hare Krishna (2021). "Death to Deification: Reading the Many Tales of Goddess Tusu" (PDF). vidyasagar.ac.in. Retrieved 20 March 2022.
  5. ^ "G Plus | Guwahati's Foremost Media Network | Guwahati News".

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