GUWAHATI: Festive fervour has gripped Assam as the people across the state have geared up to celebrate Uruka tonight with gusto and enthusiasm. The Uruka is the night of feast and merriment which is celebrated a day before the Bhogali Bihu, the harvest festival of Assam.
Most of the markets, particularly fish marktets in the state have witnessed huge footfall as people had rushed to the markets to grab the best deal since wee hours.
Meanwhile, a fish of 27 kilograms dominated the scene at Uzanbazar fish market of Guwahati. The fish was sold at Rs. 1200 per KG.
“We have a ‘Silgharia’ fish weighing 27 KGs which will be sold at Rs. 1200 per KG,” said a fish seller.
Markets in other places of the State also witnessed massive crowds.
On the other hand, community fishing events are being held in different parts of the state to mark the celebration of Uruka.
As part of the tradition, The Bhelaghar–a makeshift shelter made of straw, bamboo and leaves where Bihu-revellers spend the Uruka night merrymaking before setting it on flames next morning are made across the state.
Meji, a thatch-and-bamboo structure which is consigned to flames early morning on the Bihu day as homage to Agni, the fire god are also being made across the state.
On the other hand, readymade ‘mejis’ have been another attraction in Guwahati this year with vendors selling these ‘mejis’ — constructed with bamboo and hay — at many places in the capital city.
Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and multi-portfolio minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma conveyed wishes to the people of the State on the occasion of Bhogali Bihu.
Sonowal in a video statement urged people to celebrate Bihu with peace and amity. He also thanked the farmers for their hard work in strengthening the State economy.
ভোগ, আনন্দ আৰু সমৃদ্ধিৰে উপচি পৰক সকলোৰে জীৱন আৰু সুদৃঢ় হওক জাতি-জনগোষ্ঠীসমূহৰ সাতামপুৰুষীয়া সম্প্ৰীতিৰ বান্ধোন, তাৰেই কামনাৰে মোৰ মৰমৰ আৰু শ্ৰদ্ধাৰ অসমবাসীক হেঁপাহৰ ভোগালী বিহুৰ আন্তৰিক ওলগ জনালোঁ। pic.twitter.com/AwjMWbL8JP
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) January 13, 2021
Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma also conveyed his warm wishes on the occasion of Magh Bihu Uruka.
“I wish everyone a happy Bhogali Bihu Uruka……” minister Sarma tweeted.
সদৌটিলৈ হেঁপাহৰ ভোগালী বিহুৰ উৰুকাৰ হিয়াভৰা শুভেচ্ছা জনালোঁ ৷ উৰুকাৰ জুইৰ উত্তাপে অসমীয়াৰ জাতীয় জীৱন সম্প্ৰীতিৰে প্ৰোজ্বল কৰি তোলাৰ কামনা কৰিলোঁ ৷ pic.twitter.com/wVaPXGdPWj
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) January 13, 2021