Monday, April 12, 2010

Rongali Bihu-"Call of the Spring"

Everyone is happy including me,because it's spring time...Bihu time which always coincides with the dates of sankranti,chait or Baisak(13,14 and 15th April).With the arrival of spring there is a fresh air of blooming flowers,birds chripping,butterflies dancing for nectar,sound of dhols,pepa,gogona,Bihugeet,hand woven gamosas and beautiful ladies in there finest muga mekhela chadors and last not the least assamese foodies like pitas,doi,cheera etc.For me it's a much awaited festival because it's time for shopping,merry making,feast and gifts.A mood of festivity and gaiety is felt throughout the month,even hundreds of Bihutolies are busy performing Bihu dances,songs and competitions.Bihu fever has grip the assamese people.I too find myself listening to Bihu songs these days,shopping and making pithas...enjoying every moment.Rongali Bihu symbolises the spirit of love,brotherhood amongest the assamese people.Not only that animals too have an Important role during this Bihu celebration.Bathing of cattles on the day of sankrant is one of the important Bihu rituals.On this day cows and bulls are given ritual bath with halodhi(turmeric),maah(black dal)accompanied with varities of vegetables.It's believed that there is a strong bond between man and four-legged counterparts from ages.
Be it the city of guwahati or countryside the flavour of Bihu is felt everywhere.The main attraction of Rongali Bihu is - Bihu dance and Bihugeets,where one can feel the love and romance in the air,even the mother earth carries the freshness of new begining of joy,hope,aspirations,peace and harmony.A unique festival symbolising peace and harmony without giving prominence to caste,creed or religion.I simply love to watch Bihu dances,ladies wearing traditional muga silk and white mulberry silk with assamese ornaments like gamkharu,bena,dol or locaparo and men wearing dhoti and kurta with gamocha around their head and waist...A sensuous Bihu dance with various movement of hips,arms and upper part of the body.The memories of celebrating Bihu feast at my grandmothers house still remains fresh in my mind,a big fat family of 20-25 would sit together in a round table and varities of mouth-watering delicacies would be there like pithas,laroo,chira-doi as jalpan(breakfast) and for lunch and dinner the menu would be variety of traditional assamese dishes like khar,saag,aloo bhaji,masor tenga,pitika etc...truely Bihu is the spirit of north-east...involving people from all section and classes of society,largely refecting the rich cultural heritage of assam,north-east.