As­samese to ring in new year

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

As As­samese across the country cel­e­brate Ron­gali Bihu, a host of pro­grammes have been sched­uled for mem­bers of the As­samese com­mu­nity in Navi Mum­bai.

“Ron­gali Bihu be­ing cel­e­brated by As­samese in dif­fer­ent parts of the country is not just a fes­ti­val, it is the life­line of As­samese cul­ture. Start­ing Wed­nes­day, we have sched­uled week-long cel­e­bra­tions. Ev­ery sin­gle day of the cel­e­bra­tions will high­light dif­fer­ent as­pects of the cul­ture, var­ied rit­u­als and their sig­nif­i­cance,” said Kharghar res­i­dent Binod Mu­diar, who is also the pres­i­dent of As­sam As­so­ci­a­tion, Mum­bai.

Those in Navi Mum­bai will cel­e­brate the fes­ti­val by or­gan­is­ing cul­tural func­tions, games and com­mu­nity get-to­geth­ers Kharghar, Pan­vel and Vashi, among other ar­eas. While Bihu dance and song pro­grammes are also be­ing held, artistes from As­sam have also been in­vited to mes­merise the au­di­ence with their per­for­mances.

“Ron­gali Bihu marks the com­ing of spring and the be­gin­ning of the new As­samese cal­en­dar that starts with the month of Bo­hag. That is why, this fes­ti­val is also known as Bo­hag Bihu. It has been cel­e­brated since pre-Aryan days. The fes­ti­val has seen a lot of changes in terms of cel­e­bra­tion in re­cent times. The touch of ur­ban so­phis­ti­ca­tion is there, but we try to re­tain our cul­ture and tra­di­tion,” said Mu­diar.

Un­like a ma­jor­ity of In­dian fes­ti­vals that have re­li­gious sig­nifi- cance, the fes­ti­val of Ron­gali Bihu is more sec­u­lar as peo­ple from all back­grounds, ir­re­spec­tive of their caste, creed and re­li­gion join in the cel­e­bra­tions.

Deep­ankar Bor­go­hain, gen­eral sec­re­tary, As­sam As­so­ci­a­tion, said, “This year, the main func­tion will be held at Gore­gaon on Satur­day.”

Bor­go­hain said, “Those in Co­laba and Mira Road will also be cel­e­brat­ing the fes­ti­val.”

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