India is a land of festivals and no celebration is complete without our folk dances. Be it any part of our nation, people pour their hearts out to make every occasion memorable. One such fascinating celebration is that of Bihu in the northeastern part of India, which marks the beginning of the spring season.
Spring season symbolizes harvest and the beginning of a new year, which is celebrated with great enthusiasm across the country. And, Assam celebrates it with Bihu where celebrations revolve around multiple cultural beliefs and customs.
As the most popular cultural event in Assam, Bihu was celebrated in Morigoan District at Gerua on 23rd May 2022 as a weeklong cultural programme that was concluded successfully. Mr. Jatin Bora, a renowned film actor of Assam, Dr. Shekhar Kanti Sarkar, Dy. Registrar (Admin) of the Mahapurusha Srimanta Sankaradeva University of Assam and two more personalities graced this event as chief guests. The celebration unfolded newer dimensions and scopes of merriment with a huge gathering around.
The actor Jatin Bora was very happy to be part of this event where he got to witness a celebration of such immense magnitude. He expressed his happiness and heartfelt gratitude for inviting him for such a pleasing cultural evening. With a huge gathering of locals at the celebration venue, he was overwhelmed by the discipline maintained at the event and its well-organized arrangements. All the participants and the audience were brimming with energy and there was enthusiasm all around to welcome the new harvest season and the Assamese new year. The programme beautifully reflected the beauty of Assam in its true sense.
Bihu is one of the most important festivals of Assam, celebrating the change in seasons. It is a set of three festivals that is celebrated three times a year. The first one is celebrated as Magh Bihu in the month of January, the Rongali Bihu comes in April and celebrates the new harvest season, and the third one is the Kati Bihu, which is celebrated in October. All three festivals are celebrated with great pomp and show, reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Assam. People from all the communities come together to enjoy these festivals. According to Dr. S K Sarkar, such cultural celebrations are the centre of attraction of any state, which paves the way for the tourism industry and attracts more tourists towards Assam.
And since no Indian celebration is complete without traditional food and desserts, the festivals also let you explore its amazing treats and delicacies in their tastiest forms. Bihu is popular for its Kharbuja ka Beej, coconut ladoo and Ghila Pitha delicacies.
Dr. Shekhar Kanti Sarkar believes that it is the beauty of our festivals that makes us unique. The Bihu celebration at Gerua was concluded with the message of humanity, peace, harmony, trust, compatibility and friendliness. Dr. Sarkar tendered his greetings and best wishes for the occasion and was extremely elated to have witnessed a celebration this large.
Gerua is a largely populated area of Morigoan District in Assam and is culturally and spiritually very advanced. People are highly educated here and understand the importance of their rich culture and heritage while making all the efforts to preserve the same. Dr. S K Sarkar found it very appeasing to be present among such people.
Festivals are the light and life of our very existence, and celebrating them in their true form makes them even more special. The organisers of the Bihu Committee made it an unforgettable cultural evening for everyone present there. Right from performances to all the arrangements, everything was on point and worth mentioning.