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Bail Pola 2017 date – Pola Festival dedicated to Cow and Ox

Bail Pola festival is dedicated to the cows and ox and is observed mainly in Maharashtra and surrounding regions on the Shravan Amavasi (no moon day in Sawan month). Bail Pola 2017 date is August 21. Farmers pay respect to bullocks and cows on the day as cattle is their main source of livelihood. Bail in Marathi means 'Bull.'

The day before Bail Pola Amavasi, the rope tied on the ox is removed and turmeric paste and oil is applied to the body of cows, ox and bullocks.

On the Bail 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.

Today, an important activity on Bail Pola is the display of bulls by farmers. Farmers arrive at a decided spot to flaunt their bulls.

In Vidarbha region, the day after Bail Pola is known as Tanha Pola - pola festival by children. In the festival children decorate wooden replica of bull.

Bail Pola is known as Motha Pola in Vidarbha.