Bohag Bihu of Assam :
Bihu is a very popular festival of Assam. Bihu is the heart of Assam culture Bihu is celebrated as New Year on April 15. Bihu is the symbol of Assamese cultural and festivities. Every person waits whole year for this festival to enjoy. The first day of
Bihu is called Goru Bihu or cow Bihu. In Goru Bihu the cows are washed and then prepared for worshiped.
There is 3 Bihu’s festival. It is Bohag Bihu in April, Kati Bihu in October/ November, and Magh Bihu in January. Bihu festival celebrates three seasons of spring. Bohag Bihu is the most important Bihu of all three.
The Bohag Bihu celebrates the greatest enjoyment in the spring season. Bohag Bihu is also known as “Rangoli Bihu” or the festival of the fun, and Magh Bihu is also known as “Bhogali Bihu” or the festival of food. The Kati Bihu is also known as “Kongaali Bihu” or the festival of the poor.
Bohag Bihu is the new year of Assam calendar and is celebrated whole month. A day before the New Year Goru Bihu is celebrated. The cattle’s are worshiped. They have taken down to river for a bath. Bihu songs are pepa, gogona, dhol and Taal etc. on the occasion of Bohag Bihu many delicious Assamese recipes are cooked at home. It is celebrated in whole world by different name. It is a time of joy and get together. The ladies make sweets, traditional food made of rice and coconut. On this day people wear new clothes, and they celebrate the New Year with fresh energy. On third day of Bihu, statues of God are worshiped at homes.
2014 Bohag Bihu Date :
In 2014 Bohag Bihu will be celebrated on 15th April, 2014.
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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. (more…)
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