GUWAHATI, April 12 - Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu - the most endearing festival of the people of Assam cutting across caste, community and religion - will be sorely missed by the masses this time. This Bihu which begins tomorrow and is generally celebrated for a week perhaps is the only instance in living memory when the people have been compelled to give the festivities a complete miss due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The only parallel one can draw dates back to 1983 when it remained a minimalist celebration during the peak of the Assam Movement but this year it is going to be a total blank.
The state government has issued guidelines and also appealed to the people not to congregate to celebrate the festivities because of the grave threat human assemblages pose to the rapid spread of COVID-19.
The various Bihu committees which organise community celebrations stretching for several days have assured full cooperation to the government and the administration, stating that no festivities would be encouraged and that everybody should assist the government�s endeavour in checking the pandemic.