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Sama-Chakeva

Sama-Chakeva is a festival of Bihar in India which is celebrated mainly in the Mithilanchal area of the state. It is a celebration of brother-sister relationship.

The festival is celebrated during winter season when the birds from the Himalayas migrate towards the plains. The festival starts with the welcoming of the pair of birds sama-chakeva. Girls make clay idols of various birds and decorate them in their own traditional ways. Various rituals are performed and the festival joyfully ends with the ‘vidai’ of sama and with a wish that these birds return to this land the next year.