|April 21, 2012|
Bihu celebrations conclude in Assam
Guwahati: For over a week the reverberation of
Rongali or Bohag Bihu celebrations continued in Assam with people dancing to the
rhythm of the dhol with great enthusiasm. Hundreds of people gathered in Guwahati
to celebrate Rongali Bihu, the most popular festival of Assam . Women clad in
their traditional Bihu attires along with men wearing their Gamochas swayed to
folk tunes to welcome the New Year. The festival is a time for merrymaking for
Assamese people and this year’s Bihu has brought hopes of peace and prosperity.
People are happy as the dark clouds of insurgency are fading away as talks continue
between the government and militant groups. “Earlier the situation was not so
good but now there is peace in the state and people feel free to come out and
celebrate the festivals,” said Khagen Das, Local. Rongali Bihu also marks the
beginning of the sowing season for the farmers. During the festival they worship
cattle in an age-old tradition to show their gratitude for the services they provide.
“During this festival we bring all the cows to the river and give them a bath.
We believe that if the cattle get a bath in the river, then they will not fall
sick and we can prepare for paddy cultivation,” said Anibeshon Baruah, another
resident. During the festival people buy gifts and traditional food items like
pethas. The demand for dhols and cymbals also goes up at this time. The festival
gives a boost to economic activities, trade and commerce in the region. “Our business
is doing well. It’s very good to do business during this festival. Through this
we can earn huge profits,” said Bhabita Das, a trader. The festival is celebrated
thrice a year in the form of Rongali, Kathi and Magh Bihu. Assamese people of
all ages actively participate in it. Special training sessions are held for hundreds
of students in Bihu dance that is performed during the festival. This also helps
them learn more about the Assamese culture.
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