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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular festivals and events in Guwahati?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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Festivities and events of a place defines its culture and tradition. And wouldn’t it be great to be a part of the joyous celebrations in a city on your tour? And, when we talk about festivals in Assam, the Bihu automatically comes to your mind, doesn't it? The vibrant festival with people dancing in colourful traditional dresses to the beats of the thumping folk songs. Bihu, no doubt is the most awaited and the main festival of Assam, but there are also other festivals in the city that are celebrated in equal fervour and joyous mood. Let’s discuss about them:

  • Bihu

    Bihu is the main Assamese festival that is celebrated all over the state and outside wherever the Assamese community exists. It is a festival of that has three parts including the Magh or Bhogali Bihu celebrated in the mid-January, Bohag or Rongali Bihu in mid-April and Kati or Kongali Bihu in mid-October. Following the agricultural year, the Bohag Bihu marks the new year of Assamese calendar. Magh Bihu is the harvest festival of Assam, celebrated on the same time with the other harvest festivals around India like Pongal in south and Baisakhi in Punjab. Kati Bihu is the time when the fields are in their growing stage and the granaries of the farmers are almost empty, hence it is the time when every household in Assam worships for a flourished harvest. Magh Bihu and Bohag Bihu are celebrated with great amusement and vivaciousness, however, Kati Bihu is less of merriment and the atmosphere has a sense of constraint and solemnity.

    They say that in the Magh season when the Bhogali Bihu is celebrated, no matter how much you eat you will not get an upset stomach. It is the time to hog on to the local delicacies of Assam. The festival celebrates the abundance that is bestowed by nature on us. Thus after prayers in the morning all the women in the Assamese households starts to prepare
    ‘jolpaan’ or meal that includes various eatables like various kinds of pitha, larus, snacks etc. It is the time when neighbours and friends invites each other for meals and ending the day with an overgrown belly and grinning faces. Even today when things are much more commercialised than before, pithas are sold in packets in supermarkets, people still clings on to the age old cultures and traditions and celebrates the festival with much reverence and joy.

    In Bohag or Rongali Bihu for the celebration of new year all of Assam is soaked in an aura of vibrancy and frolic. People wear new clothes and traditionally uses ‘mah and haldhi’ for bathing and puts aside the factory made soap bars for a day. People celebrate the entire Bohag month that starts from the 15th of April till 15th of May. Bohag is the month of spring, thus the festival also celebrates the advent of the soul warming season. Bihu performance takes place on stages all across the state. In Guwahati some of the oldest and most popular stages includes the
    ‘Lotakhil Bihu Stage’. Also, performances takes place in cultural centers such Rabindra Bhawan in Guwahati that are very popular.  

  • Thus if you happen to land up in the city during the time of Bihu, you are sure feel the throbbing pulses of the city screaming in vibrancy and joy.

  • Ambubachi Mela

    Ambubachi Mela is actually a festival of the historic Kamrup. It is a highly revered and very popular ceremony in the famed Kamakhya temple of Guwahati. Held in monsoon season somewhere around June every year, the festivals attracts pilgrims from all across India. Legends belief that during this time the deity Kamakhya goes through her menstrual cycle. During this festival, the doors of temple are close for three days and any worship and other devout festivities are not performed. It is only after three days that the doors are opened for devotees. This festival is celebrated by the people of Guwahati with great spiritual zeal.

  • Brahmaputra Beach Festival

    Brahmaputra beach festival is a much awaited event held in the spring season in Guwahati. It is held every year in the sandy beaches of Brahmaputra. It is a celebration of the spring season for a duration of three days. Organised by the Assam Tourism Development Authorities, it is basically targeted at the tourism promotion in the state. During the festival, the Rowing Association also manages some cultural activities and water sports. Also, dancing, crafts and popular water activities take place here. The main attraction of this festival are the various exciting water sports, that includes surfing, kayaking, rafting, canoeing etc. Some other colourful events are also famous in the Beach Festival such as elephant race and kite flying. Sand artists arrives from all across the state and outside to flaunt their talent on the sandy beaches of the river side.

  • Durga Puja

    Durga Puja is celebrated with much reverence and spirituality all across Assam and specially in Guwahati. The city is majorly influenced by the numerous age old Devi temples that are sheltered here. The extravaganza that takes place in the city during the festival is an unforgettable experience. In the month of September or October the festival takes place which is a grand socio-cultural event in the city. Huge gatherings happen in the city with people arriving from all across the state and India to celebrate the event in the revered temples of Guwahati.

  • In
    Kamakhya temple and Ugro Tara temple of the city sacrifices and offerings of buffaloes and goats takes place. In these temples Durga Puja takes place on a very large scale and it is said to be a matter of great fortune to be able to attend the ceremony in the Kamakhya Temple.  

Well aren't you already all charged up to be a part of the pulsating aura of the festivals in Guwahati? If you are, there is no reason for any more delay to book your tickets right away.

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