Why do we celebrate Bihu

Bihu is a set of three cultural festivals celebrated in the Indian state of Assam and in the Assamese diaspora around the world. These festivals are known as Rongali Bihu (Bohag Bihu), Kongali Bihu (Kati Bihu), and Bhogali Bihu (Magh Bihu), which correspond to the Assamese calendar months of Bohag, Kati, and Magh respectively.

Why do we celebrate Bihu

  1. Rongali Bihu: It marks the Assamese New Year and the onset of the agricultural season in mid-April. It’s a time of great joy, with traditional music, dance, and feasting.
  2. Kongali Bihu: Celebrated in October, it’s a more solemn occasion focused on rituals and prayers for a good harvest. It’s also a time when people traditionally light lamps in their homes to ward off evil spirits.
  3. Bhogali Bihu: This festival takes place in January and is all about feasting and celebration after the harvest. People build makeshift huts called “mejis” where they gather to eat traditional food, sing songs, and dance around bonfires.

Why do we celebrate Bihu

Bihu is deeply rooted in Assamese culture and is a time for communities to come together, celebrate their heritage, and express gratitude for the blessings of nature.