SILCHAR, April 17 - Celebrating the spirit of Rongali Bihu, Assamese people living across Barak Valley organised events to mark the occasion. Prayers were offered at the local naamghars in which people, young and old, took part with great enthusiasm.
Also, students of Assam University Silchar organised �Gamusa 2018� to celebrate Rongali Bihu at the university premises.
On the other hand, Poyla Boishak, the first day of the Bengali calendar year was welcomed with grace and gaiety across Barak Valley on Sunday. Matching steps towards a new year of promises and opportunities, students of as many as 20 schools and members of Silchar Byam Vidyalaya were seen in a rally to embrace the year early in the morning.
The rally, jointly organised by Byam Vidyalaya and Silchar Municipality which started from the District Library auditorium snaked its way across the prime streets of the city before culminating at the India Club ground.
Later, former Silchar MP and veteran citizen Kabindra Purkayastha took the salute from the participants in a parade contest at the ground. Markets and sweet shops were teeming with buyers picking up the customary rasgolla and curd.
Also, the commercial establishments were set abuzz with drumbeats and blowing of conches as people offered prayers to Lord Ganesha to begin their business proceedings for the New Year.
Amidst various events, members of Barak Banga celebrated the Bengali New Year in the premises of Banga Bhawan.
Meanwhile, members of Netaji Chatra Yuba Sanstha reached out to the poor and ill-fed persons on the streets with food and warmth on the occasion of Bengali New Year�s Day. Around 100 such persons were served food packets, including rice dal, fish and meat from Silchar Medical College upto ISBT Silchar.