On the eve of Rongali Bihu., I extend my heartfelt wishes for all! Let us welcome this Rongali Bihu.with great hope, eagerness and anticipation. Let us look forward to a plentiful year of joy, satisfaction, peace and prosperity.
Among the many festivals that are celebrated in Assam, none hold as much importance as the Bihu festivals. And among all the three Bihu festivals, namely Rongali Bihu, Kongali Bihu and Bhogali Bihu that are celebrated in the months of April, October, and January respectively, it is Rongali Bihu that is the most popular one. Rongali Bihu, also known as Bohag Bihu, is associated with the coming of the Assamese New Year according to the Hindu calendar and the beginning of the agricultural season when the fields are ploughed and new crops are sown. It also marks the beginning of the spring season when variety of colorful flowers begin to blossom, the chirping of melodious birds can be heard all around, and a gentle breeze blows through the environment making every living being feel fresh and new. What better season and a day to honor and start with newfound vigor? It’s just picture perfect!
Beginning with bathing the cattle with a paste made of freshly harvested turmeric and black gram and feeding them with vegetables such as aubergine and laogourd, the rejoicing moves on to a revelling state and carries on for a good few days. People clean themselves up and appear in new clothes to partake in the ceremonial and other celebrations, starting with people paying respect to the elders by gifting them with hand woven towels and kerchiefs and seek their blessings for the next year. Bihu dances are also performed by young men and women, in streets as well as fields, to Bihu folk music (Bihu Geets) while traditional musical instruments like dhols, gagana, toka and pepas (flute made out of buffalo horn) lend the music a grandeur sense of rhythm. Along with the obvious mouth watering feasts, sweets and greetings are also exchanged among the neighbors, relatives and friends. Explore rest of the section to know more about Rongali Bihu.
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