Bakri Swaymvar is a two-day festival organised by Green People to strengthen the gene pool of goats. Goat owners and villagers, gather from over 30 faraway villages, to attend the mass wedding of goats. The festival is popular among tourists and has garnered a fair amount of media attention.
Before Bakri Swaymvar started in these villages, goats were mainly kept for slaughter and no emphasis was given to breeding. After the Swaymvar, villagers became aware that goat’s milk and its products too could serve as a means of livelihood. Owners of healthy goats are given cash prizes so that they nurture their goats and provide them the required fodder. With time, this ingenious rural festival has been able to restore ecological balance.