Assam is one of the most beautiful states in India, lush with greenery and overflowing with cultural richness. One of the most important part of Assam, the one that describes it in the best way possible is Bihu.
The majority of the population is involved in agriculture in the state and that is what Bihu celebrates. Bihu signifies happiness related to the change in seasons.
The word Bihu has been derived from the word “Bishu” which literally translates to asking the almighty to be kind on the harvesting season.
Over several centuries, Bihu has been celebrated with a mass pompous and show in the state and has become one of the characteristic things attracting tourist to Assam.
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In Assam, Bihu is celebrated thrice in a year. Rongali Bihu is celebrated for almost a week, to welcome the onset of spring.
After this, farmers celebrate Kati Bihu, which is more of a ritual celebration to appease the gods so that farmers obtain the necessary harvest with minimum damage.
The last of the Bihu celebrations revolve around cultivation of crops and is called Magh Bihu. Most of the celebrations revolve around feasting, dance and music.
Bihu celebrations are not only limited to the state of Assam. Assamese families all over the world celebrate Bihu with the same excitement.
One of the most important aspect of Bihu celebrations is the Bihu dance. The dance is a healthy mix of quick dance steps and rapid hand movements. The dance is symbolic of the energy of the youth of Assam. The costumes donned by Bihu dancers are visually appealing and are often a mix and match of bright colors. Bihu dance is performed mostly on Bihu folk music which is played using traditional Assamese instruments such as the gogona and toka.
No doubt, Bihu is not just a festival but a celebration of life for the people of Assam.