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Bhogali Bihu

Bhogali Bihu
 

There are three main festivals that the Assamese celebrate. Just as Lohri is celebrated all over Punjab, Bhogali Bihu is celebrated on Makar Sankrati in accordance with the Hindu calendar in January. The celebrations begin early in the morning with lighting of an earthen lamp with ‘tamul paan’. The day ends with a sumptuous meal of pitha, a special kind of rice and sesame preparation, and golpaan, a curd delicacy.

Next is Rangali Bihu, which is a spring and harvest festival of Assamese just as Punjabis celebrate Baisakhi. It marks the beginning of a new year according to the Hindu calendar.

The festivities continue for two days. First day is known as Goru Bihu wherein the cattle at home are given a bath after applying turmeric. The second day is called Manu Bihu. This is the day when all the previous enmities are forgotten and the message of brotherhood is put across.

The third is Kangali Bihu or Kati Bihu that is celebrated in the month of October. On this day, the Assamese offer prayers to God in their fields for better harvest.

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