Rongali Bihu, Assam - Fairs and Festivals in
state of Assam celebrates major agricultural events as the festival of
Bihu. Notably there are three Bihu festivals in year namely - Rongali
Bihu, Magh Bihu and Kati Bihu
marking the distinctive phase in the farming calendar.
Assam is a land of myths and mystery for those who are not familiar
with it. The land of the Red River and Blue Hills, as it is described,
has an enchanting beauty. It has a unique landscape with sprawling tea
gardens and unending stretches of paddy fields interspread with goves
of coconut, beatelnut and banana trees. its population is a confluence
of streams of different races and tribes like the Austrics, the
Aryans, Negroids, Indo-Burmese, Indo-Tibetans and Mongoloid. They have
enriched each other and have evolved to give a distinctive identity to
the Assamese people.
Assam, the name of a north eastern state in India is all set to
celebrate the season with its much-vaunted Rongali Bihu. The seven day
long festival begins on Tuesday to be observed as Garu bihu. The day
would be observed with the pujas offering to the cows..the lifeline of
Assam and its economy. Early in the morning cows would be taken out
for a community bath which would be followed by the pujas.
The Rongali Bihu marks the agricultural New Year at the advent of
seeding time and is celebrated as the Festival of Merriment. The Kati
Bihu marks the completion of sowing and transplanting of paddies.
The Magh Bihu marks the end of the harvesting period.
Of the three Bihu festivals, Rongali Bihu is celebrated with greatest
excitement as it marks the arrival of spring - the agricultural
season. People of all faiths and creed celebrate Bohag Bihu by singing
traditional Bihugeets and performing group folk dances.
Despite hardpressed by many and hurdles and hi-cups, the people of
Assam are set to celebrate the Bihu this time also from Tuesday. The
sky-rocketing price hike, string after strings of incidents of
violence and even the electioneering heat and dust have nothing to
disrupt the Bihu.
Right from Sadiya to Dhubri, from Kamakhya to Kakopathat, its a moment
of joy and merriment as the Bihu is here. The bihu hucharis, even it
originated amid pastoral surrounding, with the passage of time is
being shifted to the urban areas. Hucharis have reached the stage in
Umpteen numbers of cultural functions are being organised to make the
occasion across the state. Guwahati has gone one step ahead. The
principal north eastern city has kickstarted the celebration of the
bihu from Sunday with cultural function.Markets are teeming with
people for shopping. After all its the much-vaunted Rongali Bihu.Assam
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has congratulated the people on the
occasion. In a message, he hopes that the Bihu will bring peace and
development to Assam at a time it is embroiled in violence.
Rongali Bihu Celebrations
Rongali Bihu celebrations are quite colourful and vibrant. Marking the
occasion young boys and girls in village don traditional dhoti, gamosa
and saadar mekhela and sing Bihugeets or folk Bihu songs in
traditional bihutolis or Mukoli Bihus. The accompanied orchestra of
dhol, pépa (buffalo hornpipe) and gagana add joys to the celebrations.
At several places Bihu fairs are also organized where people
participate in the games and other fun-filled activities.
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