Bihu festival is celebrated with great pomp and style and is the celebrated in Assam. This is considered as one of the most popular festivals of India. This festival is celebrated in the months of January, April and October that represents the farming phases.
The three Bihu’s are celebrated in Baisakh that falls in the month of April, Kaati is mid-October, Maagh that falls in the month of January, representing the farming phases.
The most celebrated out of the three Bihu’s is called as Rongali Bihu that is celebrated in the middle of April that denotes the commencement of the agricultural spell. The three Bihu’s are explained further below.
Rongali Bihu :
The Rongali Bihu is also known as The Bohaag Bihu that denotes the beginning of the agricultural spell that is the seeding. This spell is celebrated with lots of merry-making and revelry.
The Maag Bihu is also known as The Bhogali Bihu, which represents the harvesting festival. It is also known as the Festival of food, that ends as a harvesting period. There is a lot of celebration, where all the people get together for a common society banquet and there are bull fights organised and different other activities that are enjoyed by the general public.
The Kati Bihu is also known as Kongali Bihu, which celebrates the close of planting of paddy fields and uprooting them.
The celebrations are quite splendour with the beats of Dhol and the music from pepa enlivening the party atmosphere. The traditional songs are sung indicating the Bihu festival that has been passed on from generation to generation, and the subject of the songs is love songs. The people dress up in traditional outfits like Mekhala, Chadar, Dhoti and Gamocha.
Bihu festival is one of the National festivals of India, and is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm.