Pola is a thanksgiving festival celebrated by farmers in Maharashtra, to acknowledge the importance of
bulls and oxen, who are a crucial part of agriculture and farming activities. It falls on the day of the Pithori
Amavasya (the new moon day) in the month of Shraavana (usually in August). During Pola, farmers don't
work their bulls in the farmland, and the day is a school holiday in the rural parts of Maharashtra. The
festival is found among Marathas in central and eastern Maharashtra. A similar festival is observed by
Farmers in other parts of India, and is called Mattu Pongal in south and Godhan in north and west India.