Significance of Bihu
Bihu festival is associated with Agriculture, especially rice. The main occupation of he people here is agriculture and Bihu celebration is mainly done because of change is seasons.
The word ‘Bihu’ has been derived from the word ‘Bisu’ which literally has meaning “feeling of joy and happiness”. Later this name got distorted and the festival later known as Bihu.
Harvest festival of Assam
Besides being a primary identity of Assam, Bihu is also a harvest festival. It is celebrated thrice during the year.
The first Bihu which is known as the Rongali Bihu or Bohag Bihu
Bohag Bihu is celebrated for a period of seven days. It celebrates the onset of spring and farmers on this occasion prepare the field for cultivation. There is a general air of feasting and festivity all around in the atmosphere of Assam.
Next Bihu is known as Kati Bihu.
This Bihu is primarily celebrated to seek blessings from the Gods, so that no harm is done to the crops while they are getting ready for harvest.
The last Bihu is known as Magh Bihu.
Magh Bihu marks the end of the harvest season. During Magh Bihu, the primary emphasis is on feasting and celebrating, as the granaries are full and farmers are no longer required to worry about their crops. Celebration of Magh Bihu involves a lot of food and entertainment and is celebrated with much enthusiasm in all Assamese families located in different parts of the World.