Bihu, Assam's harvest festival - NEWS SENTRY


Monday, 15 April 2019

Bihu, Assam's harvest festival

Assamese Bihu is one of the most important cultural festivals of Assam, which celebrates the change in seasons. It marks the beginning of Assamese new year and harvest season. Three types of Bihu are celebrated during different time periods. 

Rongali or Bohag Bihu comes in April, Kongali or Kati Bihu is observed in October while Bhogali or Magh Bihu is celebrated in January. Magh Bihu symbolises the end of the harvest season, Rongali Bihu comes as Assamese new year while Kati Bihu celebrates the harvest season. Rongali Bihu is the most important as it celebrates the Assamese new year. Goru Bihu, the first day of Rongali Bihu, on this day farmers take their livestock and cattle to a river or pond to give them bath, which is considered secret. After that, they prepare a paste of turmeric powder and pulses known as Mah - Haldi, which is applied on the livestock. The animals are fondled by the twigs of Makhiyati and Dighalati plants. In Kati Bihu, the people of Assam light lamps and pray to God for a thriving harvesting season. Any Bihu celebration is considered incomplete without melodious folk Bihu Geet Songs and traditional dance. 

During this time, people get in their best traditional attire and perform the Bihu naach. The tune of traditional musical instruments including Dhul, baanhi, Gogona add a different kind of flavour in the atmosphere. Various sports are organized during the Bhogali Bihu, which includes Buffalo fighting, and cock fighting, among others.

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