Sad but true: I am aware that a lot of our young Badaga friends copy from my websites and from them many posts and pictures and reproduce them in their blogs or social networking sites as well as submit them for their Ph.D doctorate thesis. Though I have reservation to this ‘unauthorised and illegal’ reproduction, the least that can be done is to acknowledge the source and give credit to the original author. Most importantly – do not distort and give wrong information.
Recently, it has been brought to my notice that a person from Kotagiri has produced a Badaga Calendar 2011 [and now selling it at Rs.125 [and also during Hethay Habba] based on my imputs but has started the first month Koodalu on the [English month] Jan 4th. I do not know how he has chosen that particular date.
Badagas have their own calendar.
Like in any other calendar, there are 12 months and each Badaga month starts on the 10th of English Calendar month but for a few exceptions due to the fact that the month of Feb has 28/29 days [leap year].
I have attempted to make the Badaga Calendars for 2011, keeping in mind that a Badaga month normally starts on the 10th of an English month as far as possible and also to ensure that the number of days in a month is either 30 or 31 days.
Since Badagas consider ‘Sovara’ (Monday) as the most auspicious and ‘holy’ day, they have attached a lot of importance to that day. Generaly, no non-vegetarian food is taken on Mondays. This is also the weekly holiday and hence shown on top in red colour. No ‘Hola Gelcha’[field work] is usually done on ‘sovara’s.
The biggest festival of Badagas is day-specific and not date-specific. That is to say that this festival – HETHAY HABBA – always falls on a Monday [after twelve full moons and on the first Monday of the thirteenth fullmoon]. By the way,full Moon (‘Pournami’ in Tamil) is ‘HUNNAVE’ [pronounced similar to :- hunnu – wound, awai – mother] and New Moon is ‘MUTTU’ in Badaga.
I must put on record my great appreciation to Mr.Sivaprakash. B.Sc.,B.Ed (Dhavane Village) and ‘Naakku Betta’ magazine [1979 Goodalu issue] for their pioneering effort on this subject. Go to next page…