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Rongali Bihu preparations continue in full swing to welcome spring & Assamese New Year

The biggest festival in the state, which marks the start of Assamese New Year, will start on April 14 and preparations for the most awaited time of the year is

The biggest festival in the state, which marks the start of Assamese New Year, will start on April 14 and preparations for the most awaited time of the year is afoot in full swing across the state of Assam.

‘Rongali Bihu’ is marked by the coming of the spring season- the blossoming of colourful flowers, the voice of the cuckoo, and the festive spirit in the air. The week-long Bihu celebrations is synonymous with dance, music, gifts, feasting and much more.

People celebrate the festival by wearing traditional clothes like dhoti, gamosa, chadar and mekhela along with singing traditional Bihu songs called ‘Bihu Naams’.

Traditional food items are also being prepared in different parts of the state. Women prepare ‘pitha’ and ‘laru’ along with other delicacies.

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‘Gamosa’ (traditional towels) weaved in traditional handlooms called Bihuaans are gifted to the kith and kin during Rongali Bihu festivities.

Men and women dress up in their traditional attire and dance in meadows, fields, and beneath trees to welcome the new year. The women adorn their buns with kapou flower or the foxtail orchid

Assam is all geared up to celebrate the festival after two years of coronavirus-induced lockdown. In Gohpur, the atmosphere is joyous as people have drowned themselves in the spirit of Bihu with Bihu workshops being held ahead of the festival.

Meanwhile, a Bihu workshop was held at a school in Dhakuakhana where young children were given training at a Bihu workshop.

First Published: 12th April, 2022 13:22 IST

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