PATACHARKUCHI, April 19 - The age-old para installation ceremony held on the seventh day following Rongali Bihu was a dampener this year due to the ongoing lockdown in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since the days of yore, people of Bajali subdivision have been celebrating the para installation ceremony in the belief of reaping a bountiful harvest and also to get rid of pestilence.
However, due to restrictions imposed by the administration, only a few people installed the traditional para at the Patacharkuchi Shiva-Durga Dham premises.
The para is nothing but a decorated bamboo pole which is made in various villages. During the evening hours, the paras are taken to Patacharkuchi from various places like Marka, Bezkuchi, Sundarpur etc., and errected in a kadam tree.
The festivel is also celebrated at Jalikhata, Barbhala, Haripur and Gobindapur. However, due to the prevailing situation, the people this year just symbolically performed the ritual by avoiding a gathering.
Senior advocate Giridhar Choudhury informed the media that this was perhaps the first time in history that the people had to celebrate the festival in a subdued manner due to the COVID-19 outbreak.