Magh Bihu Festival in Assam
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Magh Bihu

When:16th January 2016
Where: Assam

The Assamese equivalent of Makar Sankranti and Pongal, Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu too is a harvest festival. Magh Bihu marks the end of the rice harvesting season, and is especially important in agrarian communities. For the occasion, a hut-like structure, called a meji ghar, is constructed from thatch and firewood. It's erected in the shorn rice fields, and is ritually set aflame during the festivities. Community feasts are held near the meji ghar, and are accompanied by much merrymaking, including dance and music, bullfights and birdfights.

From ancient times Bihus are the national festivals celebrated in Assam. There are three Bihus celebrated, that signify the different phases of farming. Read more for details on Bihus, special events in Assam.

For more information on Assam Travel Guide

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