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Massive preparations are on to celebrate Sarhul festival in Jharkhand on March 23.

All state government offices will remain closed and hundreds of Adivasis will take out procession to mark the festival.

Unlike the past when this festival was observed by people on the ground in towns and villages,this time,chopper will fly in the sky and shower flowers on the processionists in Ranchi.

The chopper was booked by the Kaindriya Sarna Samiti.It believes that flower showering can be wonderful and incredible,provided flowers are showered from a flying helicopter on the Adivasis celebrating Sarhul by taking out procession or dancing on the road side in Ranchi.

As it is Sarhul is celebrated during spring season and the Shaal trees get new leaves. It is a worship of the village deity who is considered to be the protector of the tribes. People sing and dance.Even the deities are worshipped with shaal flowers.

These shaal flowers represent the brotherhood and friendship among villagers and Pahan,the priest, distributes shaal flowers to every villager. Then the Prasad is distributed among villagers. The Prasad is a rice made wine called Handia.

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