GUWAHATI, April 12 - After the poll fever, the State is now gripped into the spirit of Rongali Bihu, the festival of joy and prosperity, to be celebrated from tomorrow. With the reverberating sound of dhol in the atmosphere, the entire State is ready to welcome the festival and plunge in its grandeur.
Traditionally, Rongali Bihu starts from the last day of the month of Chaitra and the first Bihu, called the Goru Bihu dedicated to cattle, would be celebrated tomorrow. On the occasion, cows are taken to the local ponds, washed and worshipped. This would be followed by Manuh Bihu, the next day.
Dance, music and celebrations being an integral part of the Bihu celebrations here, the State has mustered strong to make the festival as grand as can be. Bihu celebrations continue in the State for the entire month.
Various competitions of Bihu song, husori, Bihu dance, folk instruments and also some sports competitions among the youth would be organised in every nook and corner of the State. With pageants like Bihu konwari, Bihu rani etc., gaining popularity in the State, many of the Bihu function organising committees hold such programmes to encourage the young talents as well as ensure maximum footfalls at the venue. The Bihu committees also rope in popular artistes for musical nights and cultural extravaganza.
Assam Governor PB Acharya has greeted the people of the State on the occasion of the festival of joy. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has also extended his greeting to the people on the occasion of Rongali Bihu, wishing that the festival would bring lasting peace and prosperity in the State and strengthen mutual bonding among the people.
The Asom Gana Parishad and Bharatiya Janata Party have also extended their Bihu greetings to the people.
Asom Sattra Mahasabha and AIUDF chief Badarudding Ajmal also wished the people on the occasion.