Bohag Bihu is a non-religious harvesting festival celebrated in the beautiful state of Assam. This is one the most appointed festivals for the Assamese people. Assam being an agriculture based state celebrates three Bihu’s in a year namely the Rongali Bihu in April which marks the opening of the sowing season, Kati bihu in October/November which marks the completion of sowing and the Magh Bihu in January which marks the advent of the harvest season.
Rongali means happiness and celebration. Rong means colours and signifies happiness and limitless celebrations thus it is a festival of cheerfulness. The first day of the festival is the Goru Bihu which according to the Hindu lunisolar calendar falls on the last day of the year. On this day the cows are given bath and bedecked with garlands.
Cows are worshipped on this day and the old ropes tied to them are replaced with new on this day and they are let loose on this day. Next is Manuh bihu. This day is the first day of the New Year and it is for humans. On this day people take bath early in the morning and seek blessings from their elders. Gamosa- a very traditional Assamese cotton towel and bihuan are gifted to the elders on this day. People wear new and traditional clothes and celebrate the New year..