Ghaila is the earthen pot ceremony of the Gonds. It is a ceremony identical to the Akhadi or Akadhi (AkshyaTratiya) of the Hindus. It is performed in the month of Jyaistha (May-
June). Certain rites are conducted by the village head-man and the fields are harrowed by the peasants. Then follows the sacrifice of five chickens by a Bhumia.
The sowing season begins in Gondwana with the sacrifice of a goat and
Thakur Dev is propitiated in the Bidri ceremony. A feast is arranged and served to the villagers. The rites are always performed by a
Baiga. This festival corresponds to the feast of transplantation of paddy seedlings celebrated by the Munda and most other settled agricultural tribes of