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Magh Bihu 2023: Date, history, significance and Celebration

This year, the Magh Bihu festival will be held on Sunday, January 15th. In addition to Magh Bihu, Bohag Bihu and Kongali Bihu are also celebrated in Assam.

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Magh Bihu 2023: When the Sun enters Capricorn, according to astrology, it begins to move toward the Northern Hemisphere, causing the days to grow longer. As a result, this astronomical event is also celebrated as the Makar Sankranti festival. In various regions of India, this festival is celebrated with various customs and names. This festival is known as Magh Bihu in Assam. This year, the Magh Bihu festival will be held on Sunday, January 15th. In addition to Magh Bihu, Bohag Bihu and Kongali Bihu are also celebrated in Assam. The festivals of Bohag Bihu and Kongali Bihu are celebrated in April and October, respectively.

Magh Bihu 2023: Date

When the sun moves into the northern hemisphere, the days become longer and sufficient sunlight falls, causing the crops to ripen. During Magh Bihu, farmers express gratitude to the Sun God and pray for a bountiful harvest. This is primarily a celebration for farmers. Magh Bihu is regarded as the first day of the new year by the Assamese. On this occasion, special dishes are prepared, and traditional dances are performed. This year, the Magh Bihu festival will be held on Sunday, January 15th.

Magh Bihu: Significance

The people of Assam view the Magh festival as the beginning of the new year. This is why, on this day, people dressed in traditional attire perform the traditional Assam dance “Bihu” with great enthusiasm. Magh Bihu is commonly regarded as a celebration for farmers. On this day, farmers harvest their crops from the fields, give thanks to nature and God, and pray for future harvests as well.

How is the Magh Bihu observed?

As part of Magh Bihu, the people of Assam worship Brai Shibrai (the local deity) and present him with the first harvest of the season, wishing him happiness and prosperity. On this occasion, village boys and girls dressed in traditional dhotis, gamosas, and other colourful garments perform a special dance, and people also exchange the greeting Magh Bihu. Therefore, this festival is known for laughter, singing, and spreading joy.

Magh Bihu’s signature dish

During Magh Bihu, numerous special dishes are prepared. All of these dishes are renowned regionally. Khar, Aloo Pitika, Jak, Masor Tenga, etc. are prominent examples. Aloo Pitika consists of mashed potatoes, onions, green chilies, green coriander, salt, and mustard oil; it is served with rice, lentils, and lemon. Jak is comprised of green, leafy vegetables, whereas masor tenga is composed of fish dishes.

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