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(April 26,1969 / Assam, India)

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Bhogali Bihu

Season’s yield,
Granaries filled,
Mid-January,
Festival ‘Bhogali’.
‘Uruka’ evening,
Enjoyment and feasting,
Building the ‘Bhelaghar’,
Pranks with the neighbour.
The morning after,
Obeisance to the God of fire,
Burning the tall ‘Meji’,
Made of bamboo and paddy.
‘Sunga pitha’, ‘kaath aloo’,
Customary delights of ‘Magh Bihu’,
With friends and families,
Flavours of Assamese delicacies.

[Published in ‘Poetreecreations’ on 8 September 2013]

Submitted: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Edited: Tuesday, September 10, 2013


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'Bhogali Bihu' is a harvest festival of Assam, a state of north-east India. The festival is celebrated in mid-January, marking the end of the harvest season. 'Bhogali' means feasting and enjoyment. It is also known as 'Magh Bihu' as celebrations are held in the month of 'Magh', the tenth month of the Assamese calendar. On the eve known as 'Uruka', people gather for a community feast with friends and families. A variety of dishes that include meat and fish are cooked over wood flame. Using bamboo and paddy, a temporary hut called 'Bhelaghar' and a tall structure known as 'Meji' are built. Merriment continues throughout the night as youths play pranks like stealing vegetables from the neighbour’s garden. Next morning, offerings are made to the God of fire and people enjoy the traditional delicacies like 'sunga pitha', 'kaath aloo' etc.

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  • Jesus James Llorico (10/3/2013 6:59:00 AM)

    A festival of food and sport, Bhogali Bihu
    an important Assamese event, it gives
    a beautiful insight on cultures of Assam.
    an inspiring verse. Lovely.

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