Assam, known as the land of blue hills and red river, is also a land of many feasts and festivals, which are marked by music, dance, mirth, gaiety, community sharing, and spiritual colouring. Among these, Bihu is the most impressive and prominent. Bihu is the chief festival of the people of Assam celebrated by everyone irrespective of caste, creed, and race. Assamese celebrate three types of Bihus in a year- Rongaali Bihu or Bohaag Bihu, Kati Bihu or Kongaali Bihu and Magh Bihu or Bhogaali Bihu.
The first of the seven days of Rongaali Bihu is known as the Goru Bihu and involves giving the cattle a bath while using soaps and herbs that are considered auspicious. The ritual is accompanied by a folk song.The following day is considered the most important day of Bohaag Bihu and commences the New Year. Special respect is paid to the elders of the family by giving them a towel called the Gamosa. This is one of the most important rituals and the towel is worn on the head and body. The Gamosa is a symbol of the highest respect in the Assamese community.
The rest of the days of Bihu are known as Manuh Bihu, Kutum Bihu, Senehi Bihu, Mela Bihu and Chera Bihu. Another highlight of this festival is a bamboo hat known as the Japi.
This hat is important as it symbolizes the importance of agriculture in Assam. Farmers wear a simpler form of the Japi while working in the fields.
Bohag Bihu falls on April 14 this year and women dress in traditional attire on this occasion. Saree is one garment that is ethnic to India but the ways of draping it are many. The Assamese have a different saree called Mekhela Chadar that comes in two parts and is draped in a different way too. So this time I dedicated my photo shoot to this beautiful festival that is been celebrated with such a grace in north eastern part of India.
So the saree that will represent the gracefulness that every north Indian woman carry with themselves with atmost pride is been selected from the streets of assam. The makeup which plays the most crucial part in this photos shoot needs to subtle yet very convincing in all possible manners.
I sincerely hope that you people will appreciate my efforts as I have worked sincerely with this one like my other entire photo shoots
Bihu festivals are an integral part of Assamese life and culture. Bihu geet or Bihu songs constitute an important part of Assam’s rich heritage and literature. The uniqueness of Bihu celebrations is that they are celebrated by everyone in Assam irrespective of caste, creed, or race. The festivals are true community festivals and promote a sprit of love, brotherhood and sense of oneness among the people.
It is therefore, the duty of every Assamese to preserve these national festivals in their original form and grandeur.
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