Devotees parade 2,000 snakes through Samastipur for Hindu festival

A procession of villagers paraded some 2,000 snakes through Samastipur city in Bihar state on Thursday to celebrate the Hindu holiday of Nag Panchami. Men raised snakes over their heads to ward off evil, as they marched towards a temple where the serpents were worshipped and offered milk, sweets and flowers in exchange for blessings. Nag Panchami falls in the month of July or August, and is... Еще celebrated throughout India and Nepal. Worshippers make offerings to the gods through festivities honouring snakes, which play an important role in Hindu folklore and mythology. Preparations begin two weeks before, with devotees catching the reptiles and keeping them safe until the day of Nag Panchami. After the festivities, the snakes are released into the wild again.

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