NALBARI, April 19 - A total of 100 senior citizens, artistes, literateurs and journalists were felicitated with a Bihuwan and other gifts during Rongali Bihu, which was celebrated with pomp and gaiety across Nalbari district.
On the day of Goru Bihu, farmers bathed their cattle in the Pagladiya, Baralia, Buhradiya and Mora Pagladiya rivers, as well as in ponds and streams with traditional fervour.
The Nalbari unit of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) and the Nalbari town committee of the Asom Unnati Sabha organised a day-long Mukali Bihu at the Nalbari Swahid Bhawan on April14.
The event started with the hoisting of the AASU and Unnati Sabha flags, while the Mukali Bihu was inaugurated by AASU organising secretary Himan Barman.
Barman called upon the people to appreciate the indigenous gamosa and check the sale of gamosas imported from outside, and said people should unite to keep the spirit of Bihu alive, as it was a special part of the Assamese culture.
Nalbari MLA Ashok Kumar Sarma and Deputy Commissioner Sanjiv Kumar Das also attended the function. On the occasion, 100 people were felicitated with a Bihuwan and other Bihu gifts. The guests were served doi, komal saul, gur, laru and pitha.
Several noted artistes took part in the Mukali Bihu programme � including singer JP Das, actors Shyamantika, Bhranti Medhi, Manikanchana Konwar, Dilip Kumar Das, Bipul Basistha Goswami, Kishor Das, Parag Sarma, Kabin Das, Nitul Patowary, Mantumani Saikia and Saju.
Meanwhile, members of the Nalbari district unit of the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) visited the houses of senior citizens of Nalbari town on the first day of the month of Bohag, and offered Bihuwan. The Dakhshin Ulabari Rangali Bihu Sanmilani also celebrated Rongali Bihu with a three-day programme. A cultural procession was taken on April 13, while plays, cultural programmes, and Bihu dance competitions were also held.