Rongali Bihu 2021: wishes, messages, images, celebration
Season of the year between winter and summer during which temperatures gradually rise which reminds us that change is the law of nature and a sign of progress.
Bihu is derived from the Sanskrit word bishu, which means “to ask the Gods for prosperity during the harvest season.”
Bihu is celebrated three times a year. All bihu have a different meaning to celebrate. The first one comes in January, called Magh or Bhogali Bihu to symbolise the end of the harvest season. The second, called Rongali or Bohag Bihu that celebrated as the Assamese new year festival usually falls in April. The third one, called Kati or Kangali Bihu, is celebrated as a season of short supplies mostly in October.
Bohag bihu is the most important of the three. It’s a harvest festival and enjoyed by all Assamese.
It is celebrated in the biggest and grandest way that commemorated to mark joy, delight, and cheerfulness. This festival has its own idiosyncratic identity. Every year ‘Bohag Bihu’falls on April 14, 15, and 16.
The festival’s celebration is connected to an interesting story.
The first day of Bohag Bihu is reserved for cattle. On the first day, cattle are taken to the nearby river or pond and bathed with a paste of turmeric. The old ropes tied to their legs are threw away and new ropes are tied. After bath people threw pieces of brinjal, gourd, turmeric to cattle and sing “lau kha, bengena kha, dine dine barhi jaa; mare horu, bapere horu, toi hobi bor goru”.
This means eat gourd, brinjal, and grow every day; your parents are small but you grow bigger.
On this day, they are allowed to roam around freely in the field. This ritual is performed to express gratitude to the farm animals for their assistance. Prayers are offered to the Gods asking for a productive year ahead.
The next day of Bohag Bihu is known as Manuh (human) Bihu. On this day, people bath with turmeric paste and dress up in new clothes, and gifts are exchanged. People pay visits to relatives and ask their elders for blessings.
The third day is dedicated to the Gods and that day is known as Gosain (God) Bihu. On this day people worship deities and seek their blessing for a fruitful year ahead.
People dress up in traditional muga silk outfits and perform traditional Bihu dances while singing traditional Bihu songs. Husori, a group of male singers, visits every house and sing traditional Bihu songs in the courtyard. They offer their blessings to the household in return for some alms and gifts.
Happy Rongali Bihu Wishes
- Let this day be full of joy and celebration. I wish you all an outstanding and fabulous Rongali Bihu
- Happy Rongali Bihu!! I hope your day is filled with lots of love and laughter! May all of your wishes come true.
- It is time to welcome New Year and celebrate for all the glory and blessing – God has blessed us throughout the year! Let’s make this Rongali Bihu a memorable one.
- I wish this Rongali Bihu fills your life with happiness and prosperity. Happy Rongali Bihu 2021.
- Take my warm greetings for the upcoming Rongali Bihu. Stay safe and have fun with your family and friends.
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