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Don't have a cow, man! The Indian harvest festival taking the bull by the horns04:55

Don't have a cow, man! The Indian harvest festival taking the bull by the horns

India, Coimbatore
February 23, 2021 at 11:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

The fourth edition of Coimbatore Jallikattu, organised by the district administration and Kovai Jallikattu Sangam was held in Coimbatore on Sunday in India's southern state Tamil Nadu. The event, which is held annually, is an adrenaline-fuelled spectacle of bull-taming.

The bull-taming sport is highly popular in the state and is central part of the harvest festival. During Jallikattu, a Zebu (Bos indicus bull) is released into a crowd of men who are trying to stop and hold on to it. Bos indicus bulls are usually bred specially for the event in the area.

"Because of events like this, our kids are understanding our tradition and culture and showing a lot of interest in bulls and visiting events like this. It's a good sign, I hope even our future generations will also follow this," stated a spectator.

This event is traditionally associated with strength and courage and honours the bull owners. The player who is able to hold on to the hump until the bull has made three rounds of the arena or crossed the finish line wins a prize. If not, the owner wins the prize. Officials declare foul play if players either grab the bulls by their horns or tail or attempted to stop the bull from running ahead by placing their legs between the animal's forelimbs.

948 bulls and 640 players participated in this year's event. Out of those, seven bulls suffered injuries. Six were bruised and one had an injury requiring veterinary care. 28 players suffered minor injuries and 14 had to be referred for medical attention. At the start of the event the politicians, players, and organisers showered petals on the bulls and took a pledge that they would neither harm the animals nor violate rules.

Don't have a cow, man! The Indian harvest festival taking the bull by the horns04:55
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The fourth edition of Coimbatore Jallikattu, organised by the district administration and Kovai Jallikattu Sangam was held in Coimbatore on Sunday in India's southern state Tamil Nadu. The event, which is held annually, is an adrenaline-fuelled spectacle of bull-taming.

The bull-taming sport is highly popular in the state and is central part of the harvest festival. During Jallikattu, a Zebu (Bos indicus bull) is released into a crowd of men who are trying to stop and hold on to it. Bos indicus bulls are usually bred specially for the event in the area.

"Because of events like this, our kids are understanding our tradition and culture and showing a lot of interest in bulls and visiting events like this. It's a good sign, I hope even our future generations will also follow this," stated a spectator.

This event is traditionally associated with strength and courage and honours the bull owners. The player who is able to hold on to the hump until the bull has made three rounds of the arena or crossed the finish line wins a prize. If not, the owner wins the prize. Officials declare foul play if players either grab the bulls by their horns or tail or attempted to stop the bull from running ahead by placing their legs between the animal's forelimbs.

948 bulls and 640 players participated in this year's event. Out of those, seven bulls suffered injuries. Six were bruised and one had an injury requiring veterinary care. 28 players suffered minor injuries and 14 had to be referred for medical attention. At the start of the event the politicians, players, and organisers showered petals on the bulls and took a pledge that they would neither harm the animals nor violate rules.