Guwahati : People of Assam are celebrating Rongali Bihu festival across the state, which begins today.
Bohag Bihu or Rongali Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam, inspires unity, humanity, bond of love, joy, expressed through intoxicating songs and dances.
The festival begins from the last day of the month of Chaitra.
The first day of the festival week is called Garu Bihu and it is dedicated to the cattle and livestock observed today across the state.
During the Garu Bihu celebration, in the morning the cattles and buffaloes are taken to nearby ponds or river banks for a ceremonial bath.
The horns and heads of the animal are rubbed with the paste of newly harvested turmeric and black gram.
Cut pieces of brinjal, turmeric and laogourd are thrown on the animal and also fed to them.
The animals are tethered with new ropes (Pogha) and garlands are made out of different kinds of leaves.
Meanwhile preparations are in full swing across the state to celebrate one of the biggest festivals of Assam for next six days which marks the New Year calendar of the Assamese society.
Over a thousand Bihu Sanmilans have organised various cultural events to celebrate the festival for the next six days.
In Guwahati, All Assam Students Union (AASU) has organised Mukoli Bih (open Bihu) at Judge field on Saturday.
(Reporting by Hemanta Kumar Nath)