Assam: People throng fish markets on Uruka


Assam is all geared up to celebrate Uruka to mark the beginning of Magh Bihu or Bhogali Bihu.

Markets are crowded with people buying fish and meat to celebrate the day of feasting.

It’s a tradition for the Assamese to buy fish for uruka and markets are filled with various types of fish with different price ranges starting from Rs. 400-500 and soar as high as Rs. 35000-40000.

Fish like Chital, Barali, Bhokua in the Uzanbazaar fish market ranges from Rs. 600- Rs. 36,000.

2500 kilograms of fish have been brought at Rupnagar fishfed and the productions of fish are local. 5000 kgs of fishes will be sold in the markets from the fish fed.

Magh or Bhogali Bihu is the harvest festival celebrated by the Assamese in the month of Magh, which falls in mid-January. It is celebrated with community feasts after the annual harvest.

The night before Magh Bihu is called uruka, a night of feasts.

Uruka is all about community feasts, feasting by the bonfire and merry-making.

People make bhelaghars in the paddy fields and prepare various dishes and arrange the feasting in the bhelaghars. Pithas and laroos are being made across the state during the festival to celebrate the festival.

The bhelaghars are generally made in the villages but now-a-days people also made bhelaghars in the city and readymade bhelaghars are also being sold in the market.