UDALGURI, Jan 24 - The believers of Bathou faith in large numbers have expressed gratitude to the State Government for declaring the second Tuesday of Magh every year as a holiday. The Udalguri anchalik committee of Bathou Mahasabha with its 27 village committees celebrated the day with a daylong religious and traditional agenda on Tuesday.
Inaugurating the religious congregation held to this effect at the Udalguri Durga Puja mandap premises, Bonjar Daimari, executive member of BTC elaborated the significance of the day for the Bodo people for the Bathou signifies the origin of the earth and its plants. He explained the history of the Bathou principles and appealed to make it more comprehensive for the new generation. Speaking on the occasion as key resource person, Dr Nareswar Narzary of Udalguri College urged the villagers to make their children aware of their aboriginal tradition shown by the forefathers. Solen Daimari, general secretary of Udalguri district Bathou Mahasabha spoke on the occasion as appointed speaker and underlined the significance of the day for the community.
It is to be noted that the State Government has declared the second Tuesday of Magh month every year as State holiday. Earlier, the day was celebrated as restricted holiday in the BTC region.