Guwahati: The festival Bihu is celebrated by the people of Assam and the Assamese diaspora with a lot of enthusiasm. Bihu is a traditional harvest festival that is celebrated in the state of Assam thrice a year.
The Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu is the most important festival for the Assamese. The celebration begins mid of April and usually continues for a month. The word Rong itself signifies happiness and merriment. The second day Bohag Bihu is celebrated as the traditional Assamese New Year.
The festival of Rongali Bihu is all about joy, love and youthfulness. It’s a ‘season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’.
The festival marks the beginning of spring as well as the agricultural seeding time. The rituals and ceremonies that take place during this time are really unique and fascinating.
To mark the beginning of the New Year, people don new clothes and plan to start the year more enthusiastically and positively. The young honour their elders with traditional Gamusa which is made of white and red threads.
While the women folk prepare laru (ladoos) and pithas (rice cake) to celebrate this auspicious occasion, young lad and ladies woo themselves during this festival by singing Bihu songs.
Bihugeet, traditional folksongs of Assam, are usually love songs sung by the young of the state. They wear traditional clothes made of Muga silk to celebrate the occasion. Women wear Mekhala Chadar and adore their hair with kopou phool. They dance to the beats of the ‘dhol’ played by the ‘dhulia’ and to the tunes of ‘pepa’, a traditional pipe made from buffalo horn.
The kopou phool is a beautiful flower which marks the festival of ‘Bihu’.
The festival is celebrated every year but the urge to celebrate it never dies amongst Assamese people. The festival has got its own flavour which is increasing day by day. The festival Bihu has achieved a state of permanence in the heart and mind of the people who are associated with this culture. As Keats very beautifully said, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever”.
The festival has already begun from Wednesday, April 13 and will continue for a month.
Happy Bihu and Xubho Noboborxo to all.