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Chenga Sabha Mahotsava from January 16

By Correspondent

BARPETA, Jan 10 � With the advent of Bhogali Bihu and the subsequent holy month of Magh in the Assamese almanac, several villages in the district are preparing for their annual Sabha Mahotsavas.

The Chenga Sabha Mahotsava will commence on January 16 with a six-day long programme. The festival flag will be hoisted in the morning of the first day, followed by paying of tributes to the departed souls. After the opening of the main gate of the fair in the evening, a religious meeting will be held where a number of distinguished guests are scheduled to participate. It will come to an end on January 21 with a mega cultural nite.

Chinadi will also observe the annual fair simultaneously with Chenga but with a shorter duration. This fair will be held from on January 16 to 18. A souvenir depicting the culture and tradition of the locality will also be published.

In Amtikhowa, the Sabha Mahotsava will commence on January 18 with the hom janjna. It will last for five days with a multifarious programme on culture and amusement.

The Muslim-dominated areas in South West Barpeta will also observe a number of festivals coinciding with Bhogali Bihu. At Kadong, near Jania people will organise a mela where they will exhibit their skills. At Balikuri on the western side of the Beki, a traditional fair will be organised.

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