Guwahati: Assam is all set to celebrate Uruka to mark the beginning of Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu, with gusto and enthusiasm with people getting ready for the community feast on Uruka tonight.
Meanwhile, the markets in Assam have witnessed hectic activity as the people made last-minute purchases.
Fish markets have hogged all limelight as people made a beeline to them to get their choicest fish variety.
It is a tradition for the Assamese to buy fish for Uruka and markets are filled with various types of fish like chital, Borali, Bhokua and others with price starting from Rs 500-600 and soar as high as Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000.
From the early morning, people started to throng Uzan Bazar fish market, markets in Ganeshguri, Moran, Bokakhat, tamronga Bil of Bongaigaon and various parts of the state.
The fish market at Uzan Bazar is among the centre of all attraction as people thronged the Brahmaputra riverbank as early as 2-3 am in the morning to grab the best deal.
On the other hand, readymade ‘mejis’ have been another attraction in Guwahati this year with vendors selling these mejis, constructed with hay, at many places in the city.
Meanwhile, people also took part in community fishing at various places as part of Bhogali fervour and festivities.
On the occasion of Bhogali Bihu, the Assam ministers have extended their wishes to the people of the state.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal in a video statement urged people to celebrate Bihu with peace and amity. Thanking the farmers for their hard work in strengthening the state economy, Sonowal wrote in a Tweet, “May the people of Assam live in prosperity and happiness and may the bonds of all the tribes in the state sevenfold in harmony. I wish all the people of Assam a very happy Bhogali Bihu.”
The harvest festival, Bhogali Bihu, holds special significance for every Assamese people as the festival calls for erecting ‘bhelaghars’ with bamboo leaves in which people eat and the food and burns the hut next morning.
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has also conveyed his warm wished on Magh Bihu. “I wish everyone a very happy Bhogali Bihu Uruka. And in the heat of Uruka’s fire, I wish it will brighten the life of Assamese people with harmony,” Sarma wrote.
Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu is also known as Maghar Domahi is one of the most significant cultural festivals of Assam. It is celebrated to mark the end of the harvesting season of the region.
Women in the household prepare Bihu delicacies like pitha, laru and other sweet and eatables. Rice cakes form the highlight of the festival and are distributed among everyone. Sweets made of coconut called Laru are also made.