Rongali Bihu Festival Dancing, Assam, IndiaRongali Bihu is a weeklong festival with different celebrations in each of the seven days. The first day is called Goru Bihu and dedicated to the welfare of the cattle as agriculture an important part of Assamese society. The next day is Manuh Bihu in which people offer respect to the elders and seek blessings by offering the traditional Gamosa cloth. The following day is Kutum Bihu in which families gather and exchange gifts. People also worship deities in the village shrines before the celebrations and merry making begins. The main aspect of the festival is the Bihu dance and the traditional Husori songs performed by youngsters accompanied by music troupes with indigenous musical instruments such as Pepa, Gogona, Taal, Dhol and Hutuli. The dancers move across neighbourhoods and perform in courtyards of every household.

Bihu is also celebrated by the tribal communities of Assam, their festivals may be known by different names such as Bwisagu, Bixu, Boikhu, Boyohu or Busu but the celebrations are similar. Mukoli Bihu, or open air dance celebrations were traditionally seen in the fields of countryside. However in the towns, people gather and enjoy in community centres. The festivities may continue till mid-May when people celebrate Bohagi Bidai, or the farewell of spring season as summer sets in.

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