PATACHARKUCHI, April 20 - In order to mark the conclusion of the seven-day long Rongali Bihu festivities and as a part of age-old tradition popularly known as Saat Bihu, a number of Paras were erected today at the Siva Dhaam here with traditional pomp and gaiety.
Para, it may be mentioned, is fabricated from full-length bamboo with two joints and decorated with small pieces of colourful fabric and gamusa. After a special ritual followed by puja, the villagers of the neighboring area carry the Para in a religious procession by playing borkaah, sankha etc to the Siva Dhaam and erect it beside a big tree.
This festival is being celebrated here since several generations with various beliefs among the people. The farmers join this festival with the firm belief of reaping a rich and bountiful harvest. Others join in the festivities with the hope that it will herald peace and harmony among the people and make them free from diseases and save them in times of natural calamities.
The neighbouring villagers of Patacharkuchi area were busy since morning today in decorating the Para and in the afternoon brought the Para to the Siva Dhaam for erection in a tree. The festival is also celebrated in various pockets of Bajali subdivision like Barbhala (Suliapara), Gobindapur and Bezkuchi localities.