Guwahati, April 12: Assam is a land of diverse cultures and traditions, and the festival of Bihu is a testament to this. Celebrated three times a year, Bihu is a time of joy, music, dance, and food, and it brings together people from all walks of life.
The festival is deeply rooted in the agricultural practices of Assam, and it celebrates the changing seasons and the cycles of life. Bohag Bihu, also known as Rongali Bihu, is celebrated in April, marking the beginning of the agricultural season and the onset of spring.
Magh Bihu, also known as Bhogali Bihu, is celebrated in January, marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new year. Kati Bihu, also known as Kongali Bihu, is celebrated in October/November, marking the time of sowing.
During Bihu, the whole state of Assam comes alive with vibrant colors, music, dance, and food. The air is filled with the sound of dhol, pepa, and gogona, the traditional musical instruments of Assam. People wear new clothes and visit their friends and family to exchange greetings and gifts.
Apart from the traditional celebration of Bihu, this year’s Bohag Bihu in Assam had an extra reason to celebrate. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the state’s unique effort toward women’s empowerment and set a new world record in the process.
On the auspicious day of Bihu, a total of 30,000 women in Assam came together to light diyas (oil lamps) and set a new world record for the largest display of oil lamps.
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The traditional Bihu dance, known as Bihu Naas, is performed by both men and women, and it is characterized by its fast-paced rhythm and energetic movements.
If you are planning to attend Bihu in Assam, there are several places you can visit to experience the festival in all its glory. Guwahati, the capital city of Assam, is one of the best places to experience Bihu.
The city hosts a grand Bihu function every year, featuring traditional dance performances, music concerts, and delicious local cuisine.
Jorhat, a cultural hub of Assam, is known for its rich tradition of folk music and dance. During Bihu, you can witness various cultural programs and competitions here.
Sivasagar, the historic town of Assam, is famous for its ancient temples and monuments, and during Bihu, you can witness the traditional Bihu dance performances and enjoy the local delicacies.
Majuli, the world’s largest river island, is known for its unique cultural heritage, natural beauty, and biodiversity. During Bihu, you can witness traditional Bihu dance performances and enjoy the local food and drink.
Tezpur, a picturesque town of Assam, is known for its scenic beauty and cultural heritage. During Bihu, you can witness various cultural programs and competitions, including Bihu dance and music.
Overall, Bihu is a time of joy and celebration in Assam, and it offers a unique opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of the people, along with the rich cultural heritage of the region. So, if you are planning to visit Assam during Bihu, make sure to add these places to your itinerary, and you are sure to have a memorable experience.