Bull taming festival in India to celebrate beginning of harvest season

Hundreds of people took to the streets of the Tamil Nadu city of Allanganallur on Thursday to take part in traditional bull-taming celebrations to mark the beginning of harvest season.

The unique celebration, known as “Jallikattu”, is a traditional event in which bulls are released into a crowd of people, where they aim to hold onto it for as long as possible.

The celebration has divided opinion in the country, and it was first banned by the Indian Supreme Court in 2014, but local authorities appealed to reverse the ban. Whilst animal rights activists say that Jallikattu is inhumane for the animals, locals from Tamil Nadu claim the celebration is a key aspect of its culture and identity.

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