"Bohag Bihu and other Spring Festivals among the People of Lakhimpur District of Assam: An Understanding of their Present Status"

Authors

Dr. Montu Chetia
Kampur College, Nagaon, Assam-782426

Abstract

The Bihu is a national festival of Assam celebrated by all sections of the society irrespective of caste, creed and religion. The Bihu is the identity of Assamese people in all over the country. It is also the symbol of unity among the people of the state. There are three kinds of Bihu generally observed in Assam- Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu and Kati Bihu or Kongali Bihu. Every Bihu has its own features and characteristics which have enriched the cultural prosperity of Assam as well as the whole north eastern region. On the other hand although Bihu is the national festival of Assam yet it varies in form from place to place which have developed the cultural diversity of the state. Being a part of the state people of Lakhimpur district observe all these Bihus in their customary and ritualistic manner. Along with the Bihus some other spring festivals are also observed in Lakhimpur district with great enthusiasm. The present paper has an attempt to study the nature of these festivals of Lakhimpur district which are primarily observed in the spring season. It also analyses the present status of these festivals in this region and their impact on society, culture as well as environment in the district as well as the whole state.