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Live Assam love Assam Tourism Bihu Style

Posted on October 10, 2011 | FestivalsNo Comment



In the land of kaziranga and the one horned rhino lies the heart of true culture and tradition too. Yes, Assam, the land of the lovely Assamese and the bright festivals associated  with them. The Bihu is the main festival of the Assamese and this is time when the Assamese celebrate the entire year to the ultimate. Symbolizing the culture and tradition of the Assamese in the best way possible, Bihu is of three kinds – The Rongali Bihu, the Bohag Bihu, and the Kati Bihu.

Bihu festival

Kati Bihu is linked to agriculture and is celebrated in the month of Kati in the calendar. This is that time of the year when the paddy is ready for harvest. The cultivators work very hard, and the period sees a lot of prosperity. The Bihu festival is thus called Kongali Bihu as Kongal means poor.

Bihu is actually celebrated in the evening and the Assamese light the candles and lamps which are called Saaki at different places. These are lit up in every house and all paddy fields. They light up the saaki in front of Tulsi or the holy basil plant. The Tulsi has medicinal values, and is cleaned and is given a lot of respect. Worshipped with lot devotion and prayers there is a lot of celebration attached to the tulsi plant.

In the fields the lamp is lit and this is called the Akash Banti or the sky candle. These are erected at the tip of long bamboo sticks and are then prayed for with a lot of devotion. The good health and prosperity of all is prayed for. These plants are said to bring all the insects in the paddy field towards them thus killing all of them and thus avoiding destruction of plants.

Assam tourism
showcases the Rongali Bihu which is usually for celebrating the New Year of the Assamese which is on April 15. The reason Rongali is also called Bohag Bihu is because it is in the month of Bohag. The festival is to celebrate the happiness and the celebration mood around due to the harvest time. This bihu is during a time when the cultivator has no work and therefore has enough crops in store and have the time to enjoy. This is the biggest Assamese festival and is enjoyed across the state with lot of pomp and glory.

 

Rongali Bihu

One day before the Rongali Bihu the Goru Bihu is an occasion that is celebrated. On this day all the cattle are propitiated and then taken to ponds or rivers for a bath. Some rituals are followed for this too and in short it is another celebration in Assam tourism.

 

Goru Bihu Goru Bihu

Manhour Bihu is another occasion of the New Year. This is the day the main New Year begins and the morning sees a lot of celebration. Gamos or Bihuan is given on this day and this is in the form of gifts to the elders. Then the kitchen sees various sweets or ptiha and also jolpan being made. The Bihu dance is the highlight of the festival and everyone dances to famous bihu and other traditional songs.

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