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Magh Bihu

Magh Bihu also known as Bhogali Bihu is the harvest festival of Assam. This is celebrated during the period of Makar Sankranti and is dedicated to the worship of the Sun God .In Assam the Sankranti feasting continues for a week .

During Magh Bihu, people construct temporary huts known as meji from bamboo, thatch and leaves in which they eat the food prepared for the feast. However on the next day morning, these huts are burnt to symbolise the getting rid of old and negative aspects and move towards new things in life. Apart from this many traditional assamese games such as tekeli bhonga which is the breaking of the pot and buffalo fighting are organised during the festival.

Magh Bihu in Assam marks the end of harvest season and hence the granaries are full and this leads to a lot of feasting and celebration during the period. People construct the makeshift huts and assemble along with the food prepared and sing songs during the night. People sing the special bihu songs beating the dhol . Prayers are offered to the Sun God and God of Fire Agni and mark the end the end of harvesting year. After the burning of the huts, they bring home the half burnt firewood and throw it among fruit trees and consider it very auspicious to do so. Also bihu serves as a communal gathering for the assamese people around the world to meet friends and family during the festival and exchange pleasantaries and gifts.

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