Assam is ready to welcome the Assamese New Year with preparations for Rongali or Bohag Bihu reaching crescendo. While Asomiyas across the globe will observe Goru Bihu tomorrow, people will ring in the New Year and the month of Bohag on Monday that is celebrated as Manuh Bihu.
People, particularly in rural and semi-urban pockets of the State, will take their cows and bullocks to nearby rivers and ponds for the customary bath with a paste of turmeric and black gram on Goru Bihu tomorrow. Old ropes used to tie them will also be replaced by new ones. Prayers will also be offered to the Gods for good harvest and a productive year.
The next day that heralds the Assamese New Year will be celebrated as Manuah Bihu. On this day, people take a bath with turmeric and black gram paste and wear new clothes.
Meanwhile, people are getting last-minute preparations for Rongali Bihu. While women are busy preparing pithas, larus and other Bihu dilacies at home, markets are also full of these readymade Bihu products. Varieties of sira, akhoi, hurum, jiggery, curd and cream are also flooding markets across the State.
On the other hand, people are also thronging garment shops and shopping malls to get new dresses for Bihu. Bihu troupes are also getting ready for hussories with sounds of the dhol,pepa and gogona reverberating across Assam.