ITANAGAR, April 16 - The Assamese community residing in Arunachal Pradesh celebrated Rongali Bihu, the most popular festival of Assam, on April 14 last with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm.
Considered as the festival of merriment, Rongali Bihu that marks the beginning of the Assamese New Year, starts on the last day of the month of Chot (Chaitra) according to the Hindu calendar and continues for seven days but in towns the celebrations continue for the whole month.
At Itanagar, apart from the Assamese community, people from all walks of life thronged the Vivekananda Hall of RK Mission Hospital complex here to enjoy the Bihu festivities. Besides Bihu songs and dances, cultural troupes from other tribes also performed enthralling the jam-packed house.
The organisers of Itanagar Rongali Bihu Sanmilan felicitated the guests with �Bihuwan� (traditional Assamese towel known as gamocha) as a mark of respect and served them special dishes.
Gracing the occasion as chief guest, Itanagar MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso greeted the people and said that the festival, besides reflecting the rich cultural heritage of Assamese community, fosters unity, brotherhood and harmony among different communities irrespective of caste, creed or religion.
Citing the age-old relationship between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, the lawmaker appealed the Assamese community to continue to serve for the State�s development. He called upon one and all to respect each other�s festival and religion to lead a harmonious life.
Recollecting the Assam-Arunachal traditional ties, State�s Chief Information Commissioner Dr Joram Begi, who was the guest of honour, said that political barriers should not be a hurdle for the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The inter-State relationship needs to be further strengthened as we were same once upon a time, he said.
On the occasion of Bohag Bihu, Governor PB Acharya also extended his warm greetings to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He exuded hope that the spring festival heralds a new era of harmonious relations and prosperity. He further wished that the festivity ushers in peace and progress in the whole of the Northeastern region.