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'Bihu' or The Assamese New Year is the chief festival in the state of Assam in India. It refers to a set of three different festivals: Rongali or Bohag Bihu observed in April, Kongali or Kati Bihu observed in October, and Bhogali or Magh Bihu observed in January.

The Rongali Bihu is the most important of the three, celebrating the Assamese new year and the spring festival. The Bhogali Bihu or the Magh Bihu is the one that is all about food. The Kongali Bihu or the Kati Bihu is the sombre, thrifty one reflecting a season of short supplies and is an animistic festival.

The Rongali Bihu coincides (according to the Hindu calendar) with the Indian New Year festivals like Baisakhi, Bishu, etc. as well as those of other regions of East and South-East Asia which follow the Buddhist calendar. The other two Bihu festivals every year are unique to Assamese people.

Like many other Indian festivals, Bihu is associated with farming and agriculture: rice in particular, Bohag or Rongali Bihu being the sowing festival. The Assamese celebrate the Rongali Bihu with feasts, music and dancing.

The two pictures show local technicians at Kokrajhar town in lower Assam repairing and decorating traditional percussion instruments which would be used by the villagers (at times fusion music bands too) during the three days of Bihu festivities.rn(Wikipedia)

Sadly, Kokrajhar, otherwise a very quiet and scenic location, has been the epicentre of widespread ethnic hostilities in lower Assam throughout the last decade.

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  • Copyright: Satya Ghosal (photographer_sg) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 393 W: 2 N: 994] (6059)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2019-04-07
  • Categories: Daily Life, Festivals
  • Exposure: 30 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2019-04-13 23:19
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