Various state governments, together with Assam, barely relaxed the Covid restrictions to have fun the festivals.
As the celebrations had been affected because of the pandemic in the final two years, a festive ambiance prevailed in the residential areas, villages and in mela (truthful) grounds in the area.
In Assam, folks celebrated Bhogali Bihu, a harvest competition additionally known as ‘Magh Bihu’, displaying a glimpse of pre-pandemic festive fervour.
The Bhogali Bihu, which started on Thursday night time with the celebration of ‘Uruka’, is an event for feasting and praying to god for a wealthy harvest.
The ‘Uruka’ is the night time of feast and merriment which is celebrated a day earlier than the Bhogali Bihu, the primary and vibrant harvest competition of Assam.
The Bhogali Bihu celebrations started with folks assembling round ‘Mejis’ (makeshift homes manufactured from straw and bamboo) and lighting them, in search of the blessings of the elders.
People of all ages, principally girls and kids, throw ‘pithas’ (rice muffins) and areca nuts after setting hearth to the ‘Mejis’ after which supply prayers as a part of the festivity.
After the standard rituals, group feasts had been organised in the open grounds and even in paddy fields as ‘Bhogali’ comes from the phrase ‘bhog’ which in Assamese means feast.
The festive enthusiasm among the many folks is extra this time in comparison with the final two years, when Bhogali Bihu was a really low-key affair because of the sequence of protests towards the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Act.
The Assamese folks additionally couldn’t have fun ‘Rongali Bihu’, a spring competition in April that marks the onset of Assamese New Year, final yr because of the Covid-19-induced restrictions.
The folks of Assam additionally have fun ‘Kongali Bihu’ or Kati Bihu’ in October every year.
Meanwhile, Makar Sankranti can also be being celebrated in the area, particularly Tripura.
There are some similarities between ‘Bhogali Bihu’ and ‘Makar Sankranti’ as in each festivals group and household feasting is the primary occasion.
People throughout ‘Makar Sankranti’ take holy dips in varied rivers and ponds whereas rural festivals are additionally organised in many villages and semi-city areas.