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Harvest festival ‘Magh Bihu’ celebrated in Assam

Magh Bihu, an auspicious harvest festival, is being celebrated in Assam. People begin the day by gathering at a temple and offered prayers, recited mantras and beat up the drums. They also took a walk around the bonfire.

There are three Bihu- Rongali Bihu, Kati Bihu, and Magh Bihu. On this day various special dishes are made to enjoy with families. Magh Bihu falls in the local month of ‘Magh‘ during mid January. It is also called ‘Bhogali Bihu‘ as it is celebrated with community feasts after the annual harvest takes place.

The highlight of this festival is the food, which is made from the abundance of grains after the harvest. The night before Magh Bihu, is called ‘Uruka‘ meaning the night of feasts. The villagers make bamboo huts called ‘Bhelaghor‘ or community kitchen where they begin with the preparations for the festival.