Pola festival is dedicated to the cows and ox. It is observed in Maharashtra and other parts of rural
on the Shravan Amavasi (no moon day in Sawan month). Farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows as cattle is their main source of livelihood. In 2017, the date of Pola Amavasya is August 21. India
A day before Pola Amavasi, the rope tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied the body of cows, ox and bullocks.
On Pola day, cattle are bathed and special food prepared like Puran Poli, Kichadi and Bajari are provided to them.
The animals are also adorned with various ornaments and clothes. Their horns are given a fresh coat of paint.
The bull is also worshipped on the day and villagers in large numbers gather to pay their respect. The animals are taken around the village in processions accompanied by music.
Many farmers also start the next farming season on the day.